Converse Jack Purcell Pro Canvas Low Top Style
This low-top pair displays the recognizable, simple design of the well-loved Converse Jack Purcell. It exudes a timeless, retro style that transcends trends and time. Many guy users love pairing it with cropped chino pants, a button-down top, and a cap while ladies can play with more options such as skirts and dresses. Others love sporting it with a more athleisure vibe by dressing it in joggers, a sweatshirt, and a hoodie.
Converse Jack Purcell Pro Canvas Low Top History
John Edward "Jack" Purcell was a world-renowned badminton player. In 1920, he started out competing locally in Canada and eventually in the big leagues. By 1933 he had defeated players from England and United States, which earned him the title of professional world champion.
Frustrated with flimsy and unreliable sneakers, Purcell agreed to participate in the creating of a badminton shoe. The shoe that they came up with was deemed to be very innovative during the time of its release. The simple aesthetic of the badminton sneaker inevitably became an iconic everyday shoe.
Released in 1935, the shoe donned a canvas upper and a rubber sole. It was designed for the B.F Goodrich Company of Canada and was equipped with additional protection and support for the sport. Due to its stylish design, it quickly became a top-selling pair and landed in some of Hollywood icons' hands such as James Dean and Steve McQueen.
In the 70s Converse bought the right to the Jack Purcell shoe and had been upgraded with a heavier toe cap and the brand's logo on the rear. Fast-forward to 2003, Nike bought Converse and expanded the brand's shoe models by releasing multiple iterations of each. One of the much new versions of the classics is the Converse Jack Purcell Pro Canvas Low Top, which is an upgraded version of the original to withstand skateboarding better.