During some "house cleaning and sorting," I was looking at stuff in a Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star box. On second observation, I noted that the box originally contained a "Converse All Star II." After a little head scratching, I remembered that I bought the shoes around 1979. The box stated Converse was a division of Eltra (which was the case from 1972 to 1979). I can remember I was working in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas at the time... which means it was after 1977. These pictures are courtesy of Ted, one of my many readers... I no longer have the shoes, only the box! Mine were blue while Ted's are red.
Converse did away with the traditional logo patch in this shoe, along with the Buick Ventiports on the side. Instead of these traditional design features, they used the Converse "horizontal chevron and star" design. Converse also enlarged the toe box in comparison to a traditional All Star.
Converse padded the ankle collar and tongue in the All Star II. The inside had no loose lining. While the shoe had a label at the top of the heel, the traditional "Chuck Taylor" heel patch disappeared.
Converse used the same outsole as the "Chuck Taylor" All Star. Looking at my old box and what Ted told me about his box, Converse made at least the following colors:
In 2004, Converse introduced a model called the "Star Player Mid" (despite the term "Mid," it is as high as a high-top Chuck; I can only guess that the term "High" is no longer politically correct on sneaker boxes) that shares a number of design similarities with the All Star II.
Converse came out with an updated version of the All Star in 2016, which was very similar to the classic canvas Chuck, but it had small (and not so small!) improvements throughout. I've got at least three of them (some probably didn't survive Hurricane Harvey flooding, I haven't been through all my recovered sneakers yet) and absolutely love them. I've got a digital camera, but I've not yet taken pictures of them. Something to do in my retirement other than eat, sleep, clean the house, donate platelets, read Facebook and GasBuddy, pay bills, update this Web site, and watch the news!
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Last Updated: 21 September 2017
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