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. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Simple Slip offers the iconic oxford silhouette in a laceless design for casual comfort and on-the-go ease. This is the sneaker with Canvas upper for lightweight and flexible comfort, Adjustable strap for easy on, easy off and Rubber outsole for durable traction.