Converse All Stars are quite possibly the most widely recognized and steadfastly celebrated sneakers in US history, and for good reason. For starters, Converse shoes and boots have been around in one form or another since the company first opened its doors in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908. After a basketball player named Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor became the official ambassador of Converse All Star basketball shoes, the footwear brand would quickly skyrocket into popular culture. Today, the classic Converse Chuck Taylor shoe is one of the best-selling sneakers in the world. When you wear Converse shoes, you’re wearing an original American icon.