In 1922, Chuck Taylor approached Converse about making a basketball shoe that provided better support but was still flexible. Converse did so, creating a shoe that was made of cotton canvas, though leather was also used, and that featured Chuck Taylor’s patch on the ankle. The shoe was extremely popular, and by the 1960s it fairly dominated the basketball shoe market.
But in the 1970s, Converse began to decline as basketball players started to wear other brands of shoes. In the 1980s, Converse made a bit of a comeback as a retro shoe. In 2003, Nike bought the brand. Now it looks like Converse is set for a sporting resurgence.
Legendary Nike innovator Eric Avar collaborated with Converse to create the All Star Pro BB. The shoe shares a silhouette with the original design—minimal construction and maximum benefit. The shoe features foot-conforming Nike Quadfit mesh for better fit and lock out. The All Star Pro BB also features a Nike React core, which combines with a cup sole design that helps to maximise the core’s responsiveness.
The sole has a diamond-shaped tread. And of course, the shoe has the iconic Converse star at the medial ankle as well as the Converse Chevron logo on the outsole.
The Converse All Star Pro BB Sneaker will be available May 2019 in either black or white with orange accents, and will sell for USD$140.