More than shoes, Converse is a story of legends, heroes and innovators tied together by the love of sport. Established by Marquis M. Converse in 1908, Converse is an American athletic shoe brand with nearly a century of authentic sports history and footwear innovation under its laces.
Through its innovations, leadership and contributions to the evolution and popularity of basketball, tennis, turf and track, Converse has forever fused itself with the heritage and soul of American sports. An industry standard for generations, Converse is "America's Original Sports Company.” Its rich heritage includes the shoe that revolutionized the game of basketball and would later become a favorite worldwide, the Chuck Taylor® All Star® – a true American icon.
The Converse collection, built upon its American sports heritage, includes sports performance, sports classics and sports lifestyle athletic footwear for men, women and children, as well as athletic-inspired apparel.
Chuck Taylor, nicknamed “Mr. Basketball”, evangelized the sport of basketball for nearly a half-century, bringing the ideals of originality, creativity, and self expression to the world through his eyes. The original canvas and rubber classic Converse All Star, with the Chuck Taylor name and endorsement added in 1923, is a global icon. More than 750 million pairs of All Star shoes have been sold in 144 countries. Updated with new materials, colors, prints, and special features, “Chucks” continue to provide a creative outlet for the rock star performing on stage and the actors on the big screen.
Another classic in its own right is Jack Purcell®, a footwear icon the world over. A country club classic established in 1935 with the telltale Smile™ on the front, Jack Purcell Shoes have gained fame well beyond that of the 1930’s badminton champion himself. Office is the largest UK stockist of Converse trainers.