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 or preps 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.
Jock (to jock friend): Check out my new Converses! Sick, right?
Artsy kid (to artsy friend): Ew. He is wearing Converses. How can he do that? Those are my shoes!
Jock (to jock friend): Dude! Check out this band fag who says these shoes are his!
(jock beats the crap out of said band fag)
Stoner: Whoa, man... they're just shoes...
by jjjoe March 22, 2006
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Shut the fuck up. Converse are amazing, always have been and always will be, no matter who wears them. If you pricks actually stop wearing a brand of shoes because "preps" have started wearing them, you're a pathetic piece of shit and should be shot immediately.

Converse are canvas shoes that were popular in the 1980's. In the past few years they have become more popular again. You can buy them in low or high top, and in any color or design. You can personalize them by putting in your own shoelaces and writing on them in permanent marker.
Converse owns yo bitch asses. YEAH NIGS.
by kkkkate rocks it October 02, 2005
The best shoes ever created. They can be worn by anyone, but are becoming more and more popular because Nike STOLE-err....bought Converse. If you are wearing them because you like them, you're doing the right thing. If you are wearing them because EVERYONE at your school has a pair and you want to be just like them, you are a materialistic jerk. FUCK YOU!!!
Non-fad follower: I love to wear converse. They are the best brand of shoes in the world.

Popularity obsessed trend-follower (puppet): LYKE OMG!!!!!! I NEED SOME CONVERSE BCUZ EVERY1 @ MY SKOOL LYKE HAS A PAIR AND I WANNA B POPULAR!!!!!11111!!!!!111!!1!1!11!!!1
by Dramalicious November 10, 2005
Noun: Shoes that used to be an expression of individuality, but are now an overused fad.
Valley Girl: Oh my God! Like, where did you get your new converses? I have to get a pair!
by jules March 06, 2005
When people say converse they are usually referring to Chuck Taylors or chucks which are most likely the most popular style of converse shoes. And yes my dad likes to tell those fascinating stories of how he wore them when he played basketball in highschool, often he uses visual aids(his highschool basketball team picture where everyone on the team is wearing said shoe) to illustrate this point. Yes, very cool dad. Then he regales us with stories of how he had a pair in every off the wall color and they were only ten bucks @ Yellowfront (some ancient sporting goods store). All very fascinating. Nowadays these glorious shoes are being worn by all types of people, but I wont even try to name all the "categories" of people that wear them because that's lame. Classification sucks major ass. Anyway, don't give a shit what anyone says about you wearing the damn shoes. If you like something wear it. That should be the only reason to do anything at all anyway. So whether someone says your cool for wearing them or they tell you that you have no right to do so, just tell them to FUCK OFF! because you couldn't care less what they think! Or you could just ignore them and walk away which is often to better effect.
Lame person: "Hey you can't wear converse, those shoes are strictly for .....(insert lame ass classification)."

You in your fine ass kicks: "Get a life." (turn your back on lame person and walk away)
by jdaddict June 22, 2006
rubber and canvas shoes that have become a trend. often seen in many colours and patterns. can now get fakes for a 5th of the price. people often change the laces ands put beads on and write things on the rubber parts.
trendy people hated the alternatives wearing them a year later they have 3 pairs
dont wear them in the rain or they tend to go squeak squeak
by Stephanie Dawn August 01, 2005
A term used by people who don't realise that the word 'Converse', when referring to the brand of sneakers, cannot be made plural. For example, one would say "I have lots of pairs of Converse sneakers" rather than "I have lots of pairs of Converses".
Don't use the word "converses", please.
by MissJosephine April 14, 2006
A type of shoe. They were back around the 1950's. They were the first basketball shoe made. Now they are mostly worn by "rock" figures or others similar to them.
Yesterday, I bought a pair of black converse!
by Lizzy xD July 29, 2005
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