Converse began in 1908 as a rubber shoe company. And The Chuck Taylor All Star is the one that started it all for Converse. Created in 1917 as a non-skid basketball shoe, the All Star was originally promoted for its superior court performance by basketball mastermind Chuck Taylor. Scaled back in size for the next generation of original thinkers, rockers and artists, this Converse Chuck Taylor All Star remains true to the iconic original with classic details. This is the sneaker with Rubber outsole for durable traction, Canvas upper for lightweight and flexible comfort and medial eyelets that enhance airflow.