The Converse Archive

Feature

April 24, 2011

We don’t like to think of ourselves as old.

We were founded in 1908, our most famous sneaker was invented in 1917, and we have fond memories of pro basketball before the three-point line, but still we’re a lot more comfortable in the present.

But we’ve kept a lot of our things around over the years, and we know a lot of people like our brand, so we thought they might like to see some of it. We have the first-ever All Star, we have the first one to ever feature Chuck Taylor’s signature, and some wonderful stuff the company made for the U.S. military during the World War II years. As the company grew to include things beyond the Chuck cleats for football and soccer, street-hockey shoes and baseball spikes; hunting and fishing gear; a variety of rubber-based sport product: pucks, skate scabbards, mouthguards, people who worked for Converse kept them, and we have them in a safe place. We have catalogs and yearbooks and shoeboxes and photographs.

We’re going to make the Converse Archive available on the site over the coming months, sharing our stories and our stuff with people who care about the brand. It’s all pretty old, but when you look at it now, we believe you’ll think it’s cool. We hope you like it.

The Star Chevron

Before the Star Chevron, there was just a star. In the early ’70s, Converse devised a shoe we now call the One-Star: A suede low-top with a big star on the side. Over the next few years, it was improved upon until it became less like a Chuck Taylor and more like something entirely different. The folks working here then realized they were on to something new, and that it needed a new mark, something to indicate its forward motion, something to suggest a new era, so they put an arrow on it. And Converse entered modernity.

Comments (63)
  • ST JIMMY CHUCK TAYLOR CLASSICS!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN NOT BEAT THAT MUTHA UcKAS Thu Mar 29, 2012
  • Tyler I really really want some of the original white padded collar converses with the red and blue stripes. Could you please bring them back because i don't reall like the padded collar 2 and i'm just dying to get some of the original ones. Sat Feb 11, 2012
  • jayjay Please Cons bring back the Acropolis Mid while I am still able to play ball. I'm 32 now and dream of hooping with these kicks on again, one more time. Please, they were by far the best high performance bball shoe i've ever played with! Mon Jan 30, 2012
  • Julie Kurtzman Bott I have been looking for information on my CONVERSE LOOK FOR THE BIG C shoe crate for years. The 9 you have pictured are like mine. Do you know how old the crates are? Thank you, Julie Kurtzman Bott Mon Jan 23, 2012
  • Rich Sorry I meant the Dr J Pro Leather 2X11. Mon Jan 16, 2012
  • Rich I just got a pair of the 2012 Dr J Converse. I love them. We need more designs for basketball. Mon Jan 16, 2012
  • Sidath From (Sri Lanka) just want to tell them all 'CHUCK TAYLOR' is world wide. im a big fan of 'DR J'he flys with CHUCK TAYLOR's on. 'Convers All Stars'damm i feel free when im wear them on. CHUCK TAYLOR RULES! Fri Dec 30, 2011
  • JohnT I worked for the Converse Rubber Company in Malden, Mass. 1956-57. Fri Dec 09, 2011
  • jun sicat I'm a fan of Dr. Julius Irving. How can I order a pair of Dr. J's basketball shoes. Please advise..... Thu Nov 24, 2011
  • chuck stange I am 58 years old and still wear the off white high tops.first pair 1958(still got the photo)! There is only One sneaker... Chuck Taylors!!! Mon Nov 21, 2011
  • ME CHUCK TAYLOR RULES Sat Nov 19, 2011
  • DanielR i'd like to see chuck taylor all star back in basketball, as you said, 'The official shoe of the NBA.' i love you converse, and will never stop being a proud and loyal customer. Daniel Rylands. Tue Oct 25, 2011
  • stephanie j I found some 1921 black chuck taylors and would like to know if anyone could give me any information on them. I look forward to all thoughts and ideas on worth also. Tue Oct 25, 2011
  • angelo come on guys, u have more to offer as just chucks!! bring back some!!! i directly would buy a few pairs!! and bring back the EB3!!! Sun Oct 23, 2011
  • Darren G what ever happened to the suede low-top Converse One Stars from the '90's? one of my favorite pairs of shoes!!! Wed Oct 12, 2011
  • RichG I would like to some of the 70's styles come back, like the Celtics-Lakers style - but create your own colors Wed Oct 12, 2011
  • fernando poco bring back the basket ball teams logos. please Wed Sep 28, 2011
  • fernando poco Back in 1994 we used to have those converses with the logo of the basket ball teams, like boston celtics each was my personal favor. I'm saying 1994 be cause i'm from Brasil that was when get than over there. please let me know where i can buy them again, i leave in San Diego,CA now. Thank you Wed Sep 28, 2011
  • robinson saavedra In panama we love converse shoes,specially tar max.when you are going to bring them back again? Fri Sep 23, 2011
  • Jerry It would be great if these were still made in USA. :( Thu Sep 22, 2011
  • david krickmire I really loved the converse shoes featuring the "energy Wave" of the late 80's and the larry johnson "grandmama" shoe Fri Sep 02, 2011
  • Sharome Jordon I must say see all these people comment on your shoes is wonderful. Converse should have never lost it foothold on the shoe world. I would like to see some legacy shoes like your big brother has Air Max Air force one etc. Aero Jams, Star Tech, Pro Leathers, Weapons, ALL STAR 2000'S etc. should be updated every year like Nike does. This help strengthen the brand with sneakerheads I have been a ALL STAR CLUB MEMBER since 1980 when I got my first pair of Black Chucks. Thu Sep 01, 2011
  • Rich I played HS and College basketball in the 70's and only wore Converse. When are you going to get bask into the game and make real basketball shoes for real basketball player? It is very hard to find good quality leather basketbal shoes. Mon Aug 29, 2011
  • j pugh i love dr j but his shoe is hard to find especialy the red chevron star a nice add to those would be a 6 on the back and the dr j a little bigger he was the man he should be shown more love also 86 weapons larry bird style they would be great to get signed and displayed how Fri Aug 26, 2011
  • ace I love the converse chuck taylor so much Fri Aug 19, 2011
  • BruceG I remember my first pair White leather and red chevron/star and red laces Dr. J's. Yeah that's right "I'm cool". Year's later found a brand new pair... a have size too small, I bought them anyway!!!!!!!! Bring them back please. Fri Aug 19, 2011
  • C Wilson My husband loves your basketball high top tennis shoes, dont ever stop making these they are the only tennis shoes that he likes to wear. (star cheveron) Thank You Tue Aug 09, 2011
  • KyleT Hello Converse!! I would really like to see a limited edition shoe from the 80’s make a comeback permanently or at least for a while. I’m talking about the 1984 Converse Court Star MID Basketball Weapon ERX 1 STYLE 18514 men’s shoe!! If this comeback happens it would be extremely appreciated, especially in a size 13. Have a great day, Sincerely, Kyle Wed Aug 03, 2011
  • KyleT Hello Converse! My favorite shoe besides the old fashioned canvas Chuck Taylor's (which I wear all the time), is the Converse Court Star MID Basketball Weapon ERX 1 STYLE 18514 from 1984! I'd love to see that one again!! In size 13 of course would be much appreciated. Have a great day!!! Wed Aug 03, 2011
  • KyleT Hey my favorite all-time shoe is the Converse Court Star MID Basketball Weapon ERX 1 1984 STYLE 18514. It was only made for a limited time in 1984, but it was comfortable as can be. A permanent remake of these would be greatly appreciated!!!!! Tue Aug 02, 2011
  • Jay Murphy Bring back the 2k4's.Classic and great on the floor! Sun Jul 31, 2011
  • Nike mercurial soccer cleats Glad to see all the speakers, really wonderful content. Do not know if you like Nike mercurial soccer cleats it? Sat Jul 30, 2011
  • diana rowe thats unbelevable Fri Jul 29, 2011
  • RussP The high top leather DR J Basketball shoes are absolutely the pinacle of simple but classic athletic style for my generation. I played varisty HS basketballl in the late 70s and wearing those shoes said you WERE basketball, just like my old letterman's jacket. I want those shoes again. I'd buy 5 pairs and store them away tomorrow if they were on the market. Sun Jul 17, 2011
  • KG Please bring back the AS 24 court shoe white w/ red chevron and star Best shoe ever made Tue Jul 12, 2011
  • Converse erx250 Bring back the baseball spikes! My son needs a pair like I had when playing ball. Bring back the erx250's,...best shoe ever! Been wearing Cons since 1980 never stopped. I got pairs rat holed in my closet cuz I buy them when I find them,......NEVER wore a NIKE shoe and never will,......I remember when you either wore Cons or Nike's. Swishes never looked as cool as the chevron and star! Mon Jul 04, 2011
  • Brian Converse,....when are you going to put out some new Baseball Cleats/Spikes! Bring back the ERX250's too while you're at it. There's more folks than you know that are waiting! Come on,get with it. Mon Jul 04, 2011
  • james a. sutton I am looking for mr. a.j. converse we were in u.s. marine corps boot camp platoon 1104 m,c.r.d. san diego calif. in the year 1973. thanks hope to talk to you soon james a. sutton Fri Jul 01, 2011
  • Randy Sivels Where can I purchase a pair of Dr J High Top Leather Converse All Stars today Wed Jun 29, 2011
  • Converse Acropolis 1994-95 Converse ACROPOLIS please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know so many people who are looking for this shoe. Sun Jun 26, 2011
  • OG Kenny B I would like to see the color convers that were availible in the mid 90's black ruber and tan canvas with black shoe stings. dark green with black ruber and black strings and the star was black ruber those were some real cool. Thu Jun 23, 2011
  • Luigi I would like see Converse re-releasing those sneakers these models with Star Chevron, Startech, Weapons like the old days because there are people who would like to buy these shoes for all sports and are hard to get. Specially in NYC Tue Jun 14, 2011
  • Skip Hey I found a pair of old converse with toe bumpers like the new ace hotel special editions. When are they from? They are natural with brown rubber and felt on the soles. Blue heel labels is the only spot they say converse. I've never seen a pair like them n can't find them on the Internet. Help! Mon Jun 13, 2011
  • TheConverseBlog.net I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one that wants Converse to get back into other sports. Hopefully we'll see the performance side of Converse to grow in the coming years. Mon Jun 06, 2011
  • cliff i like the all black 1977 wrestling boot how do i order it size 13 Tue May 31, 2011
  • Manny I've owned converse all stars for the last 6 years and I'm very disappointed with the last two couple of pairs I've bought they fell apart In less than a month. The adhesive unpasted so the linen just came off. Mon May 30, 2011
  • outdoordb BRING BACK THE ERX 200 shoes, best ever!!!!! Mon May 30, 2011
  • chris hunt Weapons were my all time favorite, but i do miss the Jams (tropical deck shoes), the Dr J 2000, the MAVERICKS, and the baseball cleats, cica 94-95..(cons with strap on front and detachable spikes). I remember you guys were the ones with the first change the color stars. I still have my batman shoes in the box, tar max, and others. My mom worked in the Lumberton plant for 33yrs until it closed and i met DR J in 1980 at Family day...I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN! I WILL TAKE ONE OF THEM ALL, PLEASE! Thu May 26, 2011
  • tyga_style BRING BACK THE AERO JAM!!!!! Thu May 19, 2011
  • Bob I grew up in the Seventies and was a basketball nut. Living in Virginia I was an ABA fan and I attended all the home games of the Virginia Squires starring Dr. J. In 1972 he wore red Chuck Taylor high tops and after I got a pair I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Thu May 19, 2011
  • Mick Will Smith made me want to wear Converse after seeing i Robot. That was like, 6 years ago? I'm wearing my Pro Star Ox low tops as I'm typing this comment. Great shoes and they feel fantastic after wearing them all day. Can't wait to see where these babies take me in 2012! Thu May 19, 2011
  • jose ramos When will u guys make soccer 1s id love a pair o themm Thu May 19, 2011
  • lisha special shoes...... Wed May 18, 2011
  • Dade Bryan BRING BACK THE CONVERSE WINNER!!!!! Pleaaaase include metal aglets, padded collar and tongue and same sole and structure as the original! THANKS!!!! Wed May 18, 2011
  • D.Walton While in determining what place these must have entered themeselves "in" high performance cant be pressured and influence in a inproductive manner is well sought after with in undelingquent non-compromiseable conditions. Wed May 18, 2011
  • Joseph Ervin where can i get a pair of the larry bird green and white hi top converse. the greatest shoe ever. Tue May 17, 2011
  • MedeaC Do you still make football boots? I'd really love a pair of bright purple and turquoise ones! Mon May 16, 2011
  • Audi Do you still have the all star chevron low cut leather white w/navy blue? Fri May 13, 2011
  • skip56 I too am a diehard for the Cons..actually never wore another tennis shoe. There is nothin like the comfort of the Converse..I also would like to own a pair of Magic and Bird style Con. It's really gettin hard to find a nice Converse. Tue May 10, 2011
  • nardo Plain english...Converse 2000.Released in soft white leather...react technology....also the black mids with red stiching on heel says it all. all the deck converse... Its all about the shoe.. Sun May 08, 2011
  • Derrick Swoope Where can i find the Magic n Bird weapons?! they are must haves for a Converse addict like myself... Fri May 06, 2011
  • paul2 Hey i'm a long time supporter or converse.I got my first pair in 85 and wore them into the ground!!And I still have them in a box!!! I have been wearing your products since then!!And to this day I still proudly wear Cons!!! You should really bring back some of the kicks from the nineties!! You guys were way ahead in styles in my opinion.Bring back the accelorator,aero-glide,tar max,run-n-slam,acropolis,And some others!!! And put the Balls cushioning system in those since there is no react juice. Oh and of course The phsyo Trainer collection those were dope!!! Come on bring those back!!!! Fri May 06, 2011
  • JeffK Sooooooo, when can we expect to see some new performance categories to help bring back the chevron and star? Like running and training? Soon please!!!!! Tue May 03, 2011
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