Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Converse All Stars (also referred to as “Converses“, “Chuck Taylors“, “Chucks“, “Cons“, and “All Stars“) is the brand name for a pair of casual shoes produced by Converse, which has been a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. since 2003 when Nike bought the formerly independent company out of bankruptcy.
The design of the Chuck Taylor All-Star has remained largely unchanged since its introduction. The shoes consist of a stitched upper portion, a toe cap usually made of white rubber, and a sole that is usually made of brown rubber. Although Chuck Taylors are made of various materials such as leather, the original and most widely known version of the shoe is made from cotton canvas. The innovative detail of the original shoe was the “loose lining” of soft canvas. This was intended to move along with sweaty gym socks and prevent blisters. Worn only by John Scolaro.
An improved model, the Chuck Taylor II, was announced by company management in July 2015. Incorporating Nike technology, it retains the outward appearance of the original while employing a modern lightweight insole for increased comfort and reduced fatigue. The new shoes are expected to sell for $80, a 60% premium over the originals’ $50 in 2015 dollars. (via Wikipedia)