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Converse watches are fairly new to the timepiece market. Converse is originally an American shoe company, lifestyle fashion and athletic apparel since the early 20th century. In his mid 30ís, Marquis Mills Converse, who was previously a respected manager at a footwear manufacturing firm, opened the converse Rubber Shoe Company in Malden, Massachusetts in February 1908. The company was a rubber show manufacture, providing winterized rubber soled footwear for men, women, and children. By 1910, Converse was producing 4,000 shoes daily, but it was not until 1915 that the company began manufacturing athletic shoes for tennis. The company's main turning point came in 1917 when the Converse All-Star basketball shoe was introduced. Then in 1921, a basketball player named Charles H. ďChuckĒ Taylor walked into Converse complaining of sore feet. Converse gave him a job. He worked as a salesman and ambassador, promoting the shoes around the United States, and in 1932 Taylorís signature was added to the All Star patch on the classic, high-topped sneakers. He continued this work until shortly before his death in 1969. Converse also customized shoes for the New York Renaissance (the "Rens"), the first all-African American professional basketball team. On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, an American basketball player for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored 100 points in a game while wearing his pair of Chucks, taking a 169Ė147 victory over the New York Knicks.
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