Classic Converse Low Top for the younger courtsters. You can never be too old or young for the originals. The smaller styles still feature the famous durable canvas upper and rubber sole like only Converse can do it.
According to legend, in 1918, a high school basketball player laced up his first pair of Converse All-Stars; Converse's first basketball shoe, released only one year previous. At that point, basketball itself was only 27 years old, and the formation of the NBA was 28 years away. Being a professional basketball player involved barnstorming-- joining a locally based traveling team and touring the country playing loosely-organized exhibition matches for small crowds. This high school player, 17 year-old Charles H. Taylor, would go on to a brief and largely unrecorded career as a barnstormer. Fifty years later, this early player and fan of both basketball and Converse All-Star sneakers would be inducted into the basketball hall of fame; not for his success as a player, but as a shoe salesman.
By the time Chuck Taylor joined Converse in 1921, the company was already an established footwear manufacturer, but still fairly new to the concept of athletic shoes. Founded in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908 by Marquis M. Converse, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company initially found success producing rubber-soled winter footwear, manufacturing up to 4,000 pairs per day by 1910. They were designed to prevent slipping on an icy sidewalk, but were certainly no pop-culture icons. In 1915, the company added a tennis shoe to the product line, and two years later released the not-yet famous All-Star basketball shoe. It was this shoe, of course, which Chuck Taylor (according to legend, anyway) improved in 1921 by suggesting a more flexible outsole and the shoe's signature supportive ankle patch. After he'd spent two years touring the country promoting the newly improved All-Star and the still-fledgling sport of basketball, Converse added Chuck's actual signature to the shoe's patch. Now, what is arguably the most famous athletic shoe ever was complete and ready to barnstorm its way into basketball legend and American history.
In the following decades, the All-Star became the ultimate hoops shoe, appearing on basketball courts everywhere. Its evolution saw it modified in team-specific color variations and worn by legendary NBA players like Julius 'Dr. J' Erving (who was given his own line of shoes in 1976) and Wilt 'The Stilt' Chamberlain (who famously set the single game scoring record in 1962 by racking up 100 points with a pair of Converse on his size 15 feet).
One of the first teams to adopt the All-Star was the also the first all-black barnstorming team; the now-legendary New York Renaissance. Converse developed custom All-Stars for the Rens in 1923, and the team went on to more than 2,500 wins and a World Basketball Tournament championship, despite a demanding touring schedule and racial discrimination preventing them from joining any professional league. Another set of history makers, the All-American Red Heads (one of the first female basketball teams) got customized All-Stars in 1936. These days, fully-integrated basketball teams and the Women's NBA are taken for granted, but back then, there were just a few brave and talented pioneers with All-Stars on their feet.
The Chuck Taylor All-Star made the Converse brand famous, but the company has released several classics over the years, including the Jack Purcell in 1925, the One Star (a low cut basketball shoe later adopted by skateboarders) in 1974, and the Weapon-- still an old school favorite on basketball courts everywhere-- in 1986. Not content to live in the past, Converse opened one of the nation's first biomechanics labs in 1981 to research technology to make shoes more comfortable and better performing. In 1992, the company patented REACT custom-fit technology, increasing the cushioning and stability that a basketball shoe's construction can offer. Chuck Taylor's legacy lives on today, as the Converse All-Stars, mostly unchanged since 1923, remain as one of the best selling athletic shoes worldwide, produced in such a wide variety of designs, styles, and colors that not even Chuck could've suggested them all.
Shipping + Returns
Shipping Methods & Charges
Our standard shipping method is via UPS ground at a flat rate of $4.95. You should receive your merchandise within 7-10 business days from the day we successfully process your order. PLEASE NOTE: UPS will not deliver to P.O. Boxes.
APO, FPO, AE, CMR, other military and Puerto Rico addresses will ship via USPS only. A flat shipping charge of $4.95 will be applied to the order. APO/FPO orders may take 30-45 days for delivery.
For UPS 2-3 Business Day Air delivery, add an additional $9.00.
For UPS Next Business Day Air delivery, add an additional $18.00.
Express Shipping is available for in stock items ONLY. If multiple items are ordered, we will ship the in stock portion via the express service requested, and the balance via the express service as the items become available. APO, FPO, AE, CMR, other military and Puerto Rico addresses are not eligible for Express Shipping.
UPS Express orders must be successfully processed by 11:00 AM CST to be shipped the same business day. We do not ship on weekends. Next Day Air orders for in stock merchandise placed by 11:00 AM CST on Fridays will arrive the following Monday.
Shipping Outside the 48 Contiguous States
Journeys will ship to any U.S. destination serviced by UPS within the 48 contiguous states. Orders shipping to Alaska or Hawaii require Express Delivery.
UPS EXCEPTIONS: APO, FPO, AE, CMR, other military and Puerto Rico addresses will ship via USPS only. A flat shipping charge of $4.95 will be applied to the order.
Puerto Rico orders can take 3-4 weeks for delivery.
Journeys has teamed up with a trusted third-party company, International Checkout, to fulfill orders for our International customers. Simply put the items you wish to purchase in our Shopping Cart and choose the "International Checkout" option. Your items will be transferred to International Checkout for processing. You may pay by International credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. International Checkout will process your order, including billing, shipping and customer service. Once your order is completed, all inquiries should be directed to International Checkout at firstname.lastname@example.org
which countries do you ship to?
International shipping is currently available WORLDWIDE from Journeys. Our third party vendor, International Checkout, will ship to all destinations around the world.
can i check the status of my international order?
To check the status of your order or track your package, please login to your International Checkout account here.
who should i contact with questions about my international order?
All inquiries regarding your international order should be directed to International Checkout at:
PHONE: See Below
USA and Canada
Please visit the International Checkout Customer Service page for more information and phone numbers in your area.
returns and exchanges
We will gladly refund or exchange any unworn merchandise in its original packaging with receipt within 30 days. Please be sure to check the fit and comfort of the merchandise before wearing. You may return the unworn merchandise by either shipping it back to us in its original packaging accompanied by the original receipt, or returning it to a retail store near you. Some orders cannot be returned to stores. Web exclusives or online purchases paid with a PayPal/Bill Me Later account cannot be returned to stores. For Online/Catalog Only Returns, please see the "direct from manufacturers/paybal & bill me later returns and exchanges" section below.
Shipping charges are not refundable. However, if you choose to exchange an item you will not be charged additional shipping and handling. Exchanges will be sent UPS Ground. Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your return to be received, processed and to appear on your credit card statement.
In the event you need to return your order (or a portion of your order), a prepaid UPS label has been included with your order. For quickest processing, please affix that prepaid label to the outside of the box for your return. If you do not have the prepaid label, be sure to send your return to the address below and include the return/exchange form provided with your order.
Send the merchandise to:Direct from Manufacturer/PAYPAL & BILL ME LATER Returns and Exchanges
Journeys Mail Order Returns
635 Genesco Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37090
Journeys retail stores CANNOT accept items that shipped directly from the manufacturer or that were purchased using Bill Me Later or PayPal account. You may return these items in their original packaging by using the provided Return Shipping Label found in your order for an exchange or refund within 30 days of purchase. Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment. Shipping charges are not refundable. However, if you choose to exchange an item you will not be charged additional shipping and handling. Exchanges will be sent UPS Ground.
We guarantee all products against manufacturers' defects for 30 days. We reserve the right to determine whether merchandise is defective and to repair or replace defective merchandise if necessary. We will not accept returns on merchandise not in its original packaging.