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How many skateboard companies can say they helped manufacture protective suits for the military for WWII? Converse Skateboarding can, sort of. As you might’ve guessed, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company started well before Converse Cons Skateboarding Shoes came on the scene. Converse started in 1908, but it wasn’t until 1917 that the popular Chuck Taylor (some of the best-selling Cons Skate Shoes) came around. Of course, people weren’t skating them just yet. Chucks were the go-to for kids everywhere aspiring to be just like their sports heroes.

For as long as people have been skating, people have been skating Converse. The Chuck Taylor Hi Top has always been a go-to. Its grippy, rubber outsole, rubber toe cap, minimalist silhouette, and classic foxing tape have all been borrowed and outright stolen by skate shoe designers since skateboarding shoes have been designed. Converse CONS were built on the CTAS, but that’s not the only shoe Converse had to offer skateboarders. The Converse One Stars and CTAS OX (the CTAS low-top) both are low profile silhouettes that feature the minimalist canvas upper with reinforced midsoles and foxing tape and Converse’s grippy, rubber outsoles. These details allowed the One Star and the Chuck Taylor low top to break in and offer the board feel and protection skateboarding was beginning to demand.

As skateboarding progressed, the design of skateboard shoes went through a period of excess. Shoes with minimal design like Converse that offered ample protection without sacrificing style were coveted and worn by skateboarders looking for a unique and affordable skate shoe. In 2009 Converse officially entered the skateboard market under the name of CONS with big name skateboarders such as Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, and Rune Glifberg. In 2012, CONS hosted a skate event in Huntington Beach, California in which CCS team riders Aaron “Jaws” Homoki both participated and won prizes respectively; Jaws taking the Best trick for $3,000 and Raybourn winning the grand prize taking home $20,000.

By remaining true to its heritage silhouettes, Converse Skateboarding has attracted and retained big names in skateboarding while creating an identity that many skateboarders can relate to.

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  • Converse Chuck Taylor Pro Shoes
    The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star (CTAS) is arguably the oldest sneaker in the game. Look up Converse All Star’s history and you’ll see drawings because cameras hadn’t been invented yet - that’s probably not true, but it certainly was cheaper to hire an illustrator back then. The CTAS Pro, on the other hand, is fairly new. The Chuck Taylor has long been a favorite shoe for skateboarding for its flexibility, feel, and were ready to skate out of the box. Cons Skateboarding improved on the already excellent skate shoe by adding more durability and structure to the upper, increased the shock absorption and comfort, and kept the vintage look and feel of the original CTAS in the process. Expect to find CTAS Pros with either suede, canvas, or suede backed canvas. All CTAS Pros have a booty lining that provides a snug fit and added structure to the shoe and minimal stitching in the upper. The Nike Lunarlon insole gives the shoe added comfort and shock absorption while allowing for the shoe to remain flexible and have excellent boardfeel where you need it most - in the ball of your feet.
  • Converse Breakpoint Pro OX Shoes
    Converse Breakpoint Pro OX Shoes
    The Converse Breakpoints were originally a tennis shoe - hence the name. For those of you not in the know, a breakpoint is when the player who’s returning only needs one point to win the game. The Converse Breakpoint Pro OX Shoes are a reimagined version of the vintage Breakpoint silhouette with skate specific updates. Updates include a molded heel counter, a vulcanized traction rubber outsole, and a Nike Lunarlon drop-in insole. The Lunarlon insole adds shock absorption and cushion where you need it most, in your heel, and allows for flexibility and boardfeel in the ball of your foot.
  • Zered Bassett
    Converse and Zered Bassett have this in common - they’re both from Massachusetts. Bassett grew up in Cape Cod, but after skating as a little grom for now defunct Sixteen Skateboards, Bassett started skating for Zoo York - his current board sponsor. East Coast skateboarders are different than their West Coast counterparts, specifically those from Southern California. Unlike skating in year round 70-degree weather in near perfect schoolyards, East Coast skateboarders skate in the city. They skate cold, gritty spots in environments that always prove entertaining. Both coasts have attributes worthy of envy, but few skateboarders make skating the East Coast look easier and more fun than Zered Basset did in his heyday.
    Zered Bassett