These shoes travel with me, take me on my daily dog walks, I wear them when I do my shopping or gardening. They are my feet`s best friends.
According to Wikipedia ( Yes - they have their own site!) a Mr Marquis M. Converse opened a Rubber Shoe Company in Massachusetts in 1908. In 1915 the company started to manufacture athletic shoes for tennis.
In 1917 a basketball shoe was introduced and Charles H. " Chuck" Taylor, a basketball player, carried them to fame.