Did you know that the Converse Jack Purcell model is actually named after a world champion badminton player, Mr. John Edward 'Jack' Purcell? Hailing from Canada, Jack ruled the courts for five straight years in his land before being crowned world champion in 1933. During his reign he designed the iconic sneak for B.F. Goodrich Company of Canada in 1935, which featured a rubberised bumper to guard the wearer's toes as they hunted down the shuttlecock on the hardwood. Four decades later in the 1970s, Converse purchased the rights to the model and put it back into production complete with the signature smile on the toebox.
Today Converse keep a good thing alive with these upcoming collections and new renditions of their classic smiley-faced Jack Purcell silhouette. Here we take a look at the Cork and Crepe, Tortoise Shell Canvas, Washed Suede and Jack Purcell Jeffery Mid collections. Hewn from luxurious textiles, the real magic is in the subtle detailing, including tortoise shell and brass eyelets, gum smiles on double-layered rubberised bumpers. Keep an eye out for all of these classic kicks hitting retailers globally and arriving in Australia beginning March.