When putting together your menswear collection, it is important to start building your foundation with timeless items. Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers are one of those classic pieces that never go out of style. Their clean, minimalist design has outstood the test of time and somehow always finds a way to remain a staple in our wardrobes.
If we take a look at the history of the Chuck Taylor shoe, it dates all the way back to 1920. Charles H. Taylor was a basketball player for the Akron Firestones. He liked what he saw in the All Star shoe and saw its potential for the sport of basketball. Later that year, he joined the Converse team and traveled all across the United States, hosting basketball clinics and promoting the All Star shoe. Chuck was so successful in promoting the shoe that in 1932, Converse decided to add his name “Chuck Taylor” to the iconic ankle patch.
With the rise of the NBA, the Chuck Taylor shoe became the shoe for the professional. This trickled down the line and basketball players in every level of the game had to get their hands on a pair of Chuck Taylors.
As the 70’s approached, the sneaker strayed away from its athletic heritage and headed into a new direction. Sneakers had become the footwear of choice among baby boomers, as they defied the rules of conformity. Converse decided to market the Chuck Taylor as the epitome of counter-culture and has never looked back since. This thrusted Converse into the limelight and everyone from musicians to celebrities were donning the style.
Today, the same Chuck Taylor silhouette is available in stores. No matter what your style aesthetic, the shoe effortlessly goes with your look. Whether you’re going for a bike ride or walking around the city, your Chuck’s will looks like they belong.
Town Shoes believes in making your everyday footwear truly unique for its wearer. For that reason, they hosted a Converse customization shop at their Eaton’s Centre location with artist Elicser Elliot. What better way to customize my pair then with a hand written Mr. C on the back!
To get your hands on this iconic sneaker head over to Town Shoes.