Converse is an American shoe company with a production output that primarily consists of apparel, skating shoes and lifestyle brandfootwear. Converse is known as one of America’s most iconic footwear companies.
The company was founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse and has been a subsidiary of Nike, Inc. since 2003. It was one of the few producers of athletic shoes and for over a half century the company dominated the American court shoe market. Converse shoes are distinguished by a number of features, including; the company’s star insignia, the All Star’s rubber sole, smooth rounded top, and wrap-around strip that have become extremely distinguishable internationally.
Converse manufactures its products under the Cons, Chuck Taylor All-Star, John Varvatos, and Jack Purcell trade names. In addition to apparel and footwear, the company sells other items globally through retailers in over 160 countries and through approximately 75 company-owned retail stores across the United States, and employed 2,658 in the U.S. in 2015.