About Converse All Star UK
Introduced in 1917 as a basketball shoe, the Converse All Star is one of the world's most recognisable shoe designs. Sometimes referred to as ?Chuck Taylors?, after a well known American basketball star of the 1920s, the traditional Converse All Star is a high top sneaker with a canvas upper and a rubber sole. All Stars also feature a canvas-topped inside sole, helping them to feel closer to slippers than regular shoes on the feet.
All Stars are famed for their unique and versatile design, with most examples having a brightly coloured upper and a white rubber toe guard. The white toe guards have been a feature of the shoes since the late 1940s, when the Converse company decided to update its original lineup of colours and patterns. Prior to this time, All Stars were only available in black leather, black canvas and white canvas varieties.
Today, Converse All Stars are available in a wide range of variants, with platform, studded and padded versions all available. Converse also produces many special editions of the shoes, including tie-ins with comic book characters and popular bands. However, the term ?Converse All Star? is generally used to refer to the original All Star design.
The All Star has evolved beyond its original intention as a sporting shoe and become a fashion statement in its own right, particularly in the music community. It is particularly popular among members of the alternative rock scene, with influential artists such as Kurt Cobain and Billie Joe Armstrong frequently seen wearing Chuck Taylors.