Converse is a brand of basketball shoes. They are canvas shoes with rubber soles. They were made famous by Charles H. Taylor, a basketball player, in 1918. Since then they have become popular with just about everybody at different times. In the '70s and '80s, they were deemed to be the offcial shoe of the National Basketball Association.
Since the '80s, the Converse company went out of business and was purchased by Nike. Nike proceeded to move production of Converse shoes to China in order to reduce production costs.
Today Converses are popular with an entirely new crowd - the 'alternative
' or 'artsy
' kids who will probably never touch a basketball in their life - in addition to still being popular with the 'jocks
' and 'preps
.' The artsy
kids somehow reason that they deserve Converses more than the preps
because Converse shoes have become a symbol of 'individuality
' (which is a word that's meaning has become extremely jumbled), when in reality the jocks
were the ones who would actually be entitled to the shoes if the system worked that way. This is because of the fact that in 1918, a basketball player popularized these shoes.
In any case, Converse shoes have been around for almost 90 years and are still selling, even though they have hardly changed an inch. Some people claim to have territory over these shoes when, in actuality, they are just canvas and rubber that you stick your smelly feet into.