That’s a great drawing of Chuck Taylors, right? So classic, in fact, that there is even a video that will teach you how to draw them.
So The Amazing Tom sent me an article from the Wall Street Journal (it is pay walled) about alternatives to Chuck Taylors. It is written by Nathan Taylor Pemberton (who is clearly talented) and it provides options to the classic Taylors. And the options are pretty good, pretty viable. My only comment is that both Mr. Pemberton and some of the people he features in the article, and again it is a good article, say they feel the sneaker is “too young.” Other than that, it is sound and well written.
Before Clyde or Jordan, there was Chuck Taylor. The Converse All Star had already been in use as a basketball shoe beginning in 1917, but it wasn’t until 1927 when Chuck Taylor, who played ball for the Akron Firestones, joined Converse and created an innovative sales program with some design modifications, that the newly named Converse Chuck Taylors became the standard.
By the way, if you are going to enter into the debate about whether Chuck Taylors are Ivy, you should know that the low top Chuck Taylors were introduced in 1957 and were called The Oxford. Not an Ivy League school of course, but Ivy-adjacent?
Converse then accomplished what I think is the next step for Ivy – a step that has started by the way. Converse gets bought by Nike, and the marketing begins. Next thing you know, a First Lady is wearing…
… the same sneaker as this young man.
Chuck Taylors have defied demographic, remained relevant for over a century, and are resurging. Good path for Ivy.