Size and fit

Although there are things that remained unchanged with the Converse Jack Purcell Classic Low Top, its lace-up closure gets minor innovations with its plastic-tipped cotton laces for easier lacing. The lace grommets get a more premium change, sporting polished aluminum which not only gives a sleeker feel but makes the eyelets more durable.

These unisex sneakers are offered in men's sizes measuring from 3.5-18. Based on the brand's website, women wishing to avail of the model can go 1.5 sizes down their usual for an ideal fit. Avid and long-term users can vouch for the large and narrow sizing of the Converse, the JP not being an exception. 

Converse Jack Purcell Classic Low Top Style

Although it seems to be an overlooked trainer next to the classic Chuck Taylors, the Jack Purcell also exhibits the same timeless and iconic style that outlasts different trends. Despite the certain tweaks applied on the shoe, it remains fundamentally unchanged from its original design in the 1930s. This makes these sneakers effortless to style and versatile enough to be paired with almost any imaginable outfit.

The Jack Purcell Classic Low Top dons a canvas upper that promotes lightweight comfort and a rubber outsole for maximum comfort. Because of its recognizable low-top silhouette, it can do away with minimal logo and maintain its clean and minimal style. 

Notable Features

Continuing the legacy of Jack Purcell, Converse sustains his intent of innovation by releasing an all-new Jack Purcell in 2015. Now a mix of old and new, the Classic Low Top exhibits the unmistakably JP silhouette with modern craftsmanship intended to better the 80-year old line. The signature smiley on the toe box not only provides extra protection but represents the athlete's sly deviance on the court. An EVA cushioning is infused on the sneaker to provide additional comfort on its flat profile.

Converse Jack Purcell Classic Low Top History

Before becoming the namesake of a staple sneaker, Jack Purcell dominated the badminton court as the Canadian World Champion in 1930. At the peak of his career, Purcell proved that he is also able to push envelopes off-court by designing his own trainers in partnership with B. F. Goodrich Company of Canada in 1935. Along with his frustration with the quality of badminton footwear, he was able to come up with an unbeaten shoe that provided additional support and protection that lasted until his retirement ten years after.

In the 1970's, the rights of the Jack Purcell were brought by Converse. It included the sneaker on the brand's roster of iconic brands and opened it to a wider set of market. The silhouette elevated into new heights as it became favorites of celebrities like James Dean, Kurt Cobain, and Elvis Presley. Currently, despite undergoing eighteen new product features and benefits and with the acquisition of Nike, the Converse Jack Purcell remains to be a wardrobe staple.

Additional Info

  • Branding is kept minimal with only the Jack Purcell signature displayed on the heel and outsole.
  • The outsole of the Jack Purcell Classic Low Top is in a classic light blue color.


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