Memories - Converse "Track Star" Shoes

No! Not THESE Converse Track Shoes!

Converse "Chuck Taylor" All-Star white canvas high-top sneakerWhile some wore the classic Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star basketball shoe for their track exploits (including discus throwing and pole vaulting), Converse had a shoe with the "Chuck Taylor" name specifically intended for the track shoe market.

THESE Converse Track Shoes...

Converse "Chuck Taylor" Track Star shoe, black with white stripesWhile adidas had a number of leather track training flats on the market, Converse had a flat canvas track training shoe which was seen frequently gracing the feet of potential track stars in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Picture of a red Converse "Chuck Taylor" Track Star shoe with boxNote the graphics on the box. It shows that Converse also made wrestling shoes around the same time.

Note that Converse borrowed the "three stripe" motif usually associated with adidas.

The Converse "Chuck Taylor" Track Star shoe sole tagWhile the original label is somewhat worn (with the addition of camera blur), the "Chuck Taylor" name is indeed present on the label (which was recessed into the rubber herringbone outsole).

The entire label says "Converse "Chuck Taylor" Athletic Shoes."

Practice makes Perfect...

Well-worn pair of canvas track training shoes sitting on a plastic chairOne of my readers remarked that he'd heard these shoes referred to as "skunks" because of the white stripe on the "tail end."

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