Verdict from 7 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Converse Jack Purcell Pro Canvas Low Top shoes are available in neutral colorways that are very easy to pair with almost any ensemble.
  • Most wearers said that the shoe is very comfortable.
  • A few skateboarders loved that the pair provides excellent board feel.
  • The shoe's classic style is deemed to be versatile and timeless, which most purchasers commended.
  • Several users noticed that this sneaker offered more support than the old-school Converse shoes thanks to the additional OrthoLite footbed with Nike's Zoom tech.
  • It is lightweight, according to a number of consumers' opinions.
  • A reviewer noticed that the kick's canvas upper is sturdy and hugs feet perfectly.
  • Plenty of longtime fans of the Jack Purcell shoe were delighted that it is still offered in the market.
  • Some buyers claim that the pair is well made.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most shoe users disclosed that the shoe is bigger than expected.
  • A few consumers wished that more colorways were offered.

Bottom line

The classic silhouette is now equipped with so much more. The Converse Jack Purcell Pro Canvas Low Top remains faithful to its heritage by retaining its original shape along with the signature smile across the toe, but this model now features an OrthoLite sock liner with Nike Zoom airbag in the heel and a rubber-infused canvas upper to cater to the demands of skateboarding.

An iconic shoe updated without losing its original essence, this kick is made comfier and more durable but still as timeless and versatile as ever.

Good to know

The Converse Jack Purcell Pro Canvas Low Top is offered in both men and women’s sizes. The guys can choose from sizes 3 to 13 while the ladies can select from sizes 4.5 to 14.5. Most users said the shoe fit bigger than standard shoe sizes and recommended going half a size down.

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.

The shoe’s timeless design and versatile style are what makes it appealing to most consumers. Its easy to style aesthetic is recognizable, simple, and could be dressed up and down.

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.

  • Launched at $75.
  • The signature smile is still present across the toe area.
  • Perforation holes in the medial side enhance breathability.
  • It is available in Medium width.
  • The insoles are detachable.
  • A suede version is also available.
  • It features a vulcanized outsole that is lightweight, flexible, and breaks in very quickly.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.