marquis mills converse founds the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in Malden, MA.
lots of shoes
By 1910 the Converse Company was producing 4,000 shoes daily
but it wasn't until 1912, that the company first started producing athletic shoes for tennis.
In 1917, basketball was revolutionized by the introduction of the world's first performance basketball shoes, the Converse All Star.
Charles H. Taylor, a basketball player from the Akron Firestones, acquired his first pair of All Star shoes, and while wearing his Converse shoes, he introduced basketball as a sport to Americans across the country.
Charles Chuck Taylor officially joined Converse in 1921 as America 's first player endorser; Chuck's signature was added two years later in the All Star patch.
In 1936 basketball had its Olympic debut, and was finally played as an Official Olympic sport for the first time; the U.S team defeated Canada wearing Converse All Star shoes.
In December of 1941 America entered the World War II, taking Converse into a new phase. That year Converse changed its production, and started to manufacture boots, rubber protective suits, and ponchos for pilots and troops.