Chuck Taylors are so iconic at this point that they’ve overshadowed the original style they came from: the old-school basketball shoe.
When the sport was invented around the turn of the century, there was a rush of shoes with lots of ankle support, almost no arch, and a stripped-down canvas aesthetic. It’s hard to get ahold of them these days, but the fine folks at Winn Perry have gotten their hands on a recreation of one of the original models: the 1892 Colchester Rubber Co. Sneaker.
True to the time, it’s still just vulcanized rubber and canvas, but it should catch a lot more eyes than those Chucks.