Converse has a long rich history within American culture, because of its timeless Chuck Taylor aesthetic. Although there have been other seemingly classicly designed shoes that often become overlooked, and eventually forgotten by time. Converse’s Skoots is an example of this. Little can actually be said about Skoots, although production has said to be from 1934/35 – 1948. Furthermore Converse Skoots rarely surface on the open market. Skoots were military issued shoes made for the U.S. army’s recruits during WWII. The Skoots were better designed than the Chuck Taylors, as Skoots had ribbed rubber bumpers and better ergonomically designed soles. However Skoots never became as popular as the Chuck Taylor model, and thus Skoots remained in the Converse archives. Luckily Converse decided to resurrect the silhoutte back in 2004, but without the Skoots logo. Converse aptly decided to rename the model Vintage, as the shoe uses a classic WWII era design. Although they are not as well made as the Skoots, the Vintage models nevertheless still give us a sense of classical design and workmanship. Below is a pristine example of Skoots by Converse, enjoy:
Vans started out as a mostly unknown and small sneaker company in 1966 California. Van Doren ran the company from 1976-1984. In 1984 Vans had gone into bankpurtcy, partially due in the fact that Vans were still being made in America at this time. This was also the same time that Van decided to put his brother Paul Doren in control of the company. Vans were still being made in America during the early 1990s. However eventually Vans was bought out by an investment bank and as of now the company has been sold seven times to date. Van Doren died on Oct. 12, 2011 from a long illness as said by his wife. After Doren left Vans, he became a general contractor and often would do jobs for free, for people who where unable to pay. So lets take a small journey from the Vans beginnings to its current status.
During the 40s some shoe companies such as Converse Felt the need to be Patriotic companies, and manufacter shoes for U.S. military. Likewise Pf Flyers also had a patriotic era to call their own. Pf Flyers-BF Goodrich (as they where known during this time, because they were founded by BF Goodrich) were given a U.S. government contract in the 70s. The reason they were given a contract was, because Pf Flyers-BF Goodrich’s shoes had a revolutionary design which offered better comfort and less stress on the wearer’s legs. Below you’ll see the design of some unique and patriotic footwear. One last thing to note, if your looking to buy these vintage sneakers you may want to look up your local army surplus auctions as they tend to surface time to time (or so I’ve heard).
During the early 40s Converse felt they needed to be involved with the war effort. Some time in 1942 Converse was given a government contract, which was number 50475. This Number was stamped into the shoes they made for soldiers during this time period. Later in the 50s Converse drew inspiration from their WWII designed footwear and released wading boots for fishermen, which are today known as the Bosey. Down below are images of these shoes made by Converse.
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