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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $80
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Nike included a cushioning upgrade with the use of an OrthoLite® footbed with Zoom Air Cushioning at the heel. The Converse Jack Purcell Pro Low Top also employs a generous amount of options for snugging with its seven eye holes in a lace-up lockdown.

This stylish sneaker is available in men’s sizing between 3 and 13 in D medium widths. It also comes in women’s sizing from 4.5 to 14.5.

Dressed up in a suede upper, the low top style of the Jack Purcell radiates with vintage class and iconic style. By leaving the image and structure almost untouched, fans could continue to patronize its heritage while sporting it with contemporary clothing. The signature Purcell Smile will brighten up the day while rocking skate parks or strolling around the streets.

Identifying each Jack Purcell, or even Converse, is difficult for the ones who are new with details of the brand. Remember that the Converse Jack Purcell Pro Low Top contains Zoom Air technology on its heel which is covered by bold Converse lettering on the insole. Its outsole also exhibits a natural gum rubber color with a red signature Jack Purcell branding on the middle.

Before understanding the backstory of Jack Purcell sneakers, one must first indulge with the history of both Converse and B.F. Goodrich. The two competing companies were the prominent shoe brands in the early 20th-century selling alongside Keds as well. These pioneers would soon consume each other in a battle of triumph through the decades since their induction.

Of course, Converse was a big deal here given that it started early in 1908 by producing work-related shoes on a seasonal basis. Realizing the need to keep its employees on the payroll all throughout the year, the company began manufacturing athletic shoes. Yes, one of the sportswear involved is basketball. It took years before they developed a stable basketball shoe and in 1917, they released the All Star.

  The Birth of the All Star and the Jack Purcell

The All Star began to gain its momentum from sports fanatics especially those inclined with basketball with the help of basketball superstar Chuck H. Taylor. Taylor was a player for the Akron Firestones and his affinity with All Star style made him the leading marketer of the shoe. Eventually, the sales for Converse All Star's would boost significantly, and in 1932, the company bestowed Chuck Taylor's trademark on its ankle patch.

At almost the same time, a contending shoe company called B. F. Goodrich was on the works creating a new kind of technology called the "Posture Foundation" insole which helps athletes perform. During this time, a rising badminton athlete took over the world by spontaneously defeating champions from different places. The Canada-based badminton superstar was Jack Purcell.

Purcell, with all his talents and skills, ventured on creating a shoe for B.F. Goodrich. The shoe bears his name with iconic details like the signature Purcell Smile on the toe front, two-ply Duck canvas upper, and the Jack Purcell Stamp of approval on the sole. Decades later, Converse acquired the patent for manufacturing this shoe from B.F. Goodrich.

Decades after its topsy-turvy timeline, the two shoe producers would diverge into different paths. Converse is now owned by Nike, and the B.F. Goodrich would now continue to specialize on rubber products. The Jack Purcell designs stay with Converse, and now they have their big daddy Nike to cover them up.

Nike came up with a brilliant idea of utilizing the accents and form of the famous Jack Purcell and morphing it into a skateboard sneaker. The Converse Jack Purcell Pro Low Top, which initially has a "Posture Foundation" insole, now has a Zoom Air footbed for cushioning under high impact measures. The added details on the toe cap is a plus.

  • For longevity against skate wears and tears, the sneaker's suede upper is rubber-backed underneath.
  • The outsole treading displays a zigzag pattern for excellent board feel and grip.
  • A men’s size 11 of the Converse Jack Purcell Pro Low Top has an approximate weight of 312 grams.

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