Technical performance kicks made the transition from the courts and the tracks to the sidewalks long ago, and the Chuck Taylor was at the forefront of the casual sneaker movement.
First introduced in the 1920s when American semi-professional basketballer Chuck Taylor asked Converse to redesign its signature offering for more support and flexibility, Taylor’s namesake All Stars left the parquet of the hardwood in the 1980s. New technology meant that footwear could be better engineered for the rigours of basketball, and styles like the Fast Break, Star Tech, and Cons became on-court go-tos.
The Chuck took this move away from the court in its stride, as Converse lightened the load of the design with a thinner, more flexible sole, and a lighter canvas build that was perfect for everyday wear. The kicks quickly became an off-court staple, and the rest is history.