Established in 1908 Converse has grown to become one of the most iconic and recognisable footwear brands in the world and you can shop the latest collection online at Xile now. The first style ever produced by the company was the Non-Skid which was a canvas high top sitting on a rubber sole, this style would eventually become the iconic Converse All-Star. The brand came to mainstream attention after joining forces with Charles 'Chuck' Taylor who helped Converse All-Star become one of the most sought after and loved basketball shoes around.
The Converse All-Star became synonymous with the NBA and at its peak was worn by 90% of NBA and college basketball players in the United States. Outside of sports the show was quickly garnering a reputation and was worn in the Olympics and by US Military personnel on training. In the 1970's the brand introduced a new style with the release of the Jack Purcell which was the shoe of choice for Badminton World Champion Jack Purcell. Like the All-Star before it the Jack Purcell quickly became a recognisable silhouette outside of its sporting roots and grew into something more.
Converse Footwear has become iconic thanks to their adoption by a range of subcultures across the globe and the brand which began selling specialised Basketball trainers is now a worldwide phenomenon. Actors such as James Dean were constantly spotted in Jack Purcell while the All-Star can be seen on the feet of almost every iconic musician since the 1980's along with artists, designers and cultural figureheads.
Xile stock a wide range of Converse Footwear including the modern classic Chuck 70. The newest offering from the US brand utilises Nike technology to create a Chuck Taylor which remains true to the original design while providing upgraded comfort, construction and performance.