Sneaker Showcase: Happy Birthday Chuck Taylor

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Product (red) uploaded Gonzagauthier

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Product (red) uploaded Gonzagauthier

It’s rare that we get the chance to pay homage to someone who impacted footwear on an exponential level because the number of people to do so are few and far between. One of the people who’s legacy still continues to be a part of the sneaker community and culture was born on this day in 1901.

June 24th, 1901 a basketball player by the name of Chuck Taylor was born in rural Indiana. Although he played professional basketball for 11 seasons, his impact on the game is immeasurable. Taylor began wearing Converse in 1917, over the next half decade he made suggestions to improve the sneakers. Converse took note of the suggestions and made some changes to improve the sneakers because Chuck Taylor was not only a basketball player but also a salesman for Converse. Taylor sold the shoes as he traveled the country playing basketball. In 1922, he started the first ever basketball clinic in an effort to help others become better at the game. In 1931, Converse honored Chuck Taylor by naming the canvas Converse basketball shoes after him.

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star uploaded by Janane Boudili

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star uploaded by Janane Boudili

Today, Chuck Taylor All-Stars are one of the most widely worn sneakers in the world and come in countless colorways and styles. The Converse Chuck Taylor is worn by such a wide variety of people, it’s difficult to go a day without someone wearing a pair. In 1968, Chuck Taylor was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game and if there were a sneaker hall of fame, no doubt, Chuck Taylor would be honored there as well.

Converse Chuck Taylor Pop Art uploaded by GeckoBeth

Converse Chuck Taylor Pop Art uploaded by GeckoBeth

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