Memories - Chuck and COACH

In the 1970's, Converse had a line of athletic shoes designated by the sub-brand "COACH." Many were lower-priced versions of their flagship models, as can be seen below in the comparison of the "Chuck Taylor" All Star with its COACH equivalent.

Comparing the sides:

Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star white high-top basketball shoeThey are quite similar on the sides. The major difference is the ankle patch. Both shoes share a flat-cut rubber toe guard, Buick Ventiports, eight eyelets, and a "peg-top" upper.

Converse COACH white high-top basketball shoe

Comparing the sole and heel:

Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star white high-top, sole and heel viewThe major difference in the heel view is the heel patch. Both shoes share a red color band at the top, followed by a blue one in the middle. The Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star has an "ALL STAR" heel patch (black in the vintage version) while the COACH has a "CONVERSE ATHLETIC FOOTWEAR" heel patch. The sole of the COACH (both this one and the low-top suede model) has a star motif; both models have the size stamped on the center of the sole.

Converse COACH white high-top, sole and heel view

Other facts of interest:

When I asked the guy who sent me the COACH pictures, he remembered the COACH cost about $3 less.

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