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To date over 1.1 billion pairs of shoe laces have been made just to meet the manufacturing requirements for Converse’s "Chuck Taylor" All Star sneakers.
Chuck Taylor All-StarsThe Converse Rubber Company was founded in 1908 by Marquis M. Converse, in Massachusetts, United States. Initially, the company only made galoshes and seasonal shoes. Around 1915 the company decided to make athletic shoes so they could have continual production all year around. As basketball grew in its popularity, the company developed a shoe specific to the sport in 1917 which became popular in the late 1910s. By 1918, around 20,000 shoes were being manufactured by Converse per day.
That same year, 1918, a high school basketball star, Chuck Taylor, began wearing Converse's basketball-specific shoe and in 1921, was hired as a representative and salesperson by Converse. In the 1930s his signature was added to the shoe, though he was never paid any royalties or commissions for the use of his name. The 1920s and 1930s versions were similar to the modern "high top" version, with the notable exception being the lace hole strip running closer to the toe, covering the toe cap.