Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are iconic. Almost everyone can recognize them and countless people call them their favorite shoes, whether high top or low top — and for good reason. The sneakers themselves come in a rainbow of colors and variety of designs, so the styling possibilities are endless. Converse can be dressed up and dressed down, bringing a fun flair to all of your favorite looks. But when did Converse All Stars become a staple of women’s fashion?
The sneakers started as athletic shoes in 1917 — that’s 100 years ago! The shoes originally came in brown and black colors, and were primarily used in basketball. Sales for the athletic shoes were initially slow, until Charles Taylor of the Akron Firestones decided to back the sneakers. It was then that they went from Converse All Stars to Chuck Taylor All Stars, and the shoes became essential for basketball teams across the United States. The shoes were even worn in the Olympics and by soldiers in World War II.
Since their creation in 1917, All Stars have become popular off of the basketball court, primarily among artists and musicians. In recent years, we’ve seen All Stars on almost every celebrity, from Beyoncé or Rihanna to Katy Perry and Kristen Stewart. The popular sneakers have even been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Though we see All Stars almost daily, it’s not certain how the shoes became so popular that they have become a staple in many women’s closets. To celebrate All Stars’ 100th anniversary, Couponbox.com created a graphic outlining the history of women and Converse, showing how the shoes have become a fashion icon for women all over the world.