The birth of the converse all star

In 1908, Marchis. Marquise Mill Converse founded Converse in Massachusetts, USA.

Converse was founded in Massachusetts in 1908. The founder Marquise Mill Converse was named after his surname Converse. After operating in the rubber shoe factory for 9 years, it officially introduced the world’s first basketball shoe All Star with a canvas upper and a rubber midsole. At that time, such shoes made it easier for players to get close to the ground, and also opened the Converse. Brilliant history in basketball.

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Converse All Star logo

In 1921, Chuck Taylor joined the Converse team. He was a professional basketball player. Therefore, he proposed to change the sole to improve the grip and increase the protection of the ankle part in the All Star design. In recognition of his contribution to Converse, Chuck Taylor All Star canvas shoes were born since 1923, the side logo of each pair of All Star was added with Chuck Taylor’s signature.

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Until the 50s and 60s, almost all NBA players, high school/college athletes wore Chuck Taylor All Stars, and the Converse became a must-have shoe at the time.

Discover two types of brushes used to renew shoes

“Using the right brush is key to cleaning sneakers, a hard brush should only be used on soles and some midsoles. A medium-sized brush can be used around sneakers, but not on suede, nubuck, or satin, etc. Delicate materials. A soft-bristle brush is key when working with delicate materials.”

There are several brushes to renew leather and suede shoes. The difference, basically, is the bristles.

The bristles to renew leather shoes are natural or synthetic bristles.

Natural bristle brushes are of animal origin and, when used to apply grease and finish leather shoes, they make a big difference, because with this type of bristle it is easier to grease and spread the product.

Synthetic bristles are harder and therefore more difficult to polish leather shoes with the grease.

To apply the grease or mousse to your leather shoes, our shoemakers recommend two types of brushes:

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Grease Applicator Brush with Handle

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Grease Applicator Brush

These brushes have natural bristles concentrated in a round wooden shape, precisely to fit inside the grease pot.

Nike’s Air Max 90 Terrascape “Sail”

Nike has now released its latest edition to the Air Max 90 family with its brand-new Air Max 90 Terrascape “Sail”.

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Air Max 90 Terrascape “Sail”

Keeping things clean and minimalistic, the nylon upper with a grid pattern takes on a “Sail” colorway, while a layer of suede in the same color covers the toe cap, mid-panel and part of the collar. A creamier colored suede then wraps around the mudguard with a pitch-black profile Swoosh in canvas, brought in to interrupt the light color pallet.

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Air Max 90 Terrascape “Sail”

A translucent white TPU lace guard carries over the the sea-glass styling on the underfoot, where a speckled “Lime Ice” midsole is visible through the semi-transparent casing. When looking closer at the silhouette, you will also be able to see the sustainable touch that has been added with the waffle-patterned thread made up of Nike Grind material.

Why choose basketball shoes

A pair of professional basketball shoes is essential. The so-called professional sports shoes wear professional shoes, whether it is the appearance design or the use of technical materials, they are built according to the skills required by basketball sports, such as jumping, moving, emergency stop, etc. Good control during exercise. To sum up, basketball shoes will protect you and improve your competitive level in the following areas.

1. Protect the ankle

A pair of professional basketball shoes should firstly have the function of protecting the ankle in design. Both high-top basketball shoes and low-top basketball shoes will work on the ankle. The ankle protection of basketball shoes is actually protected from several technical aspects:

(1) Wrap the ankle to prevent ankle ligament strain.

(2) The anti-rollover system is to add a part of the protruding sole at the outer end of the sole of the basketball shoe to prevent the foot from turning laterally during direction change and emergency stop.

2. Anti-skid increases friction

Anti-slip function is one of the most basic protective functions of sports shoes. It is very important for the fierce competition and the pursuit of speed in basketball. At the same time, according to the different venues, the material of the non-slip sole of the sneakers will also be different.

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3. Slightly increase the bouncing force and greatly increase the shock absorption effect

Jumping ability is one of the necessary and critical abilities on the basketball court. Before the NBA draft, a jumping ability test will be conducted, and this data will be written into the scouting report. In addition to its own talent and post-training to increase bouncing power, basketball shoes are also producing technology that assists in increasing bouncing power, using the same characteristics of the midsole and outsole materials of basketball shoes, such as the elasticity of EVA material. Basketball shoes can help increase the frequency of bouncing, increase the bouncing force to a small extent, and more importantly, increase the shock absorption effect after bouncing and land, reducing damage to the knee.

(1) Air cushion technology
(2) React material

Something about Sneakers

Sneakers & sneakerhead

The term “sneakers” is most commonly used in Northeastern United States, Central and South Florida, New Zealand, and parts of Canada. However, in Australian, Canadian, and Scottish English, running shoes and runners are synonymous terms used to refer to sneakers;

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Sneaker collecting is the acquisition and trading of sneakers as a hobby. It is often manifested by the use and collection of shoes made for particular sports, particularly basketball and skateboarding. A person involved in sneaker collecting is sometimes called a sneakerhead.

Sneakerhead culture

The sneakerhead culture originated in the United States during the late 1980s and had gone global by the end of the 1990s. Hardcore sneaker collectors in Britain, Europe, and the US buy online and go to outlets, sneaker events, swapmeets, parties, and gatherings in search of rare, deadstock, vintage, and limited edition shoes to invest in.

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