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  Q: When was the Converse All Star first released?

  A: updated (02/02/2012)

As you no doubt already know, the Converse All Star is a classic American shoe - Converse were the pioneer of the ankle high sports shoe (hi-top). Converse first began making sports shoes in 1908 - fifty years before Nike, and 40 years before Adidas. The All Star basketball shoe/hi-top was released in 1917, and went on to become the shoe that Converse are best known for. Up until 1970, Converse had little in the way of competition - the All Star was the official shoe of the NBA (National Basketball Association) and few manufacturers ever attempted to challenge their monopoly. Nowadays the All Star is rarely used in competitive Basketball matches, and is seen as solely a fashion accessory.


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