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. But over the decades, something incredible happened: The sneaker, with its timeless silhouette and unmistakable ankle patch, was organically adopted by rebels, artists, musicians, dreamers, thinkers and originals. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty lends a slender look to the iconic sneaker with thinner foxing tape and a super-low profile. This is the sneaker with Rubber outsole for durable traction, Canvas upper for lightweight and flexible comfort and medial eyelets that enhance airflow.