Memories - Converse All Star II

...and similar models


Converse All Star II (Late 1970s)

During some "house cleaning and sorting," I was looking at stuff in a Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star box. On second observation, I noted that the box originally contained a "Converse All Star II." After a little head scratching, I remembered that I bought the shoes around 1979. The box stated Converse was a division of Eltra (which was the case from 1972 to 1979). I can remember I was working in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas at the time... which means it was after 1977. These pictures are courtesy of Ted, one of my many readers.... I no longer have the shoes, only the box!

 

Converse All Star II red high-topConverse did away with the traditional logo patch in this shoe, along with the Buick portholes on the side. Instead of these traditional design features, they used the Converse "horizontal chevron and star" design. Converse also enlarged the toe box in comparison to a traditional All Star.

Back view of red Converse All Star IIConverse padded the ankle collar and tongue in the All Star II. The inside had no loose lining. While the shoe had a label at the top of the heel, the traditional "Chuck Taylor" heel patch disappeared.

Converse used the same outsole as the "Chuck Taylor" All Star. Looking at my old box and what Ted told me about his box, Converse made at least the following colors:


Converse Star Player Mid (2004)

Converse Star Player Mid sneaker, black with white trimIn 2004, Converse introduced a model called the "Star Player Mid" (despite the term "Mid," it is as high as a high-top Chuck) that shares a number of design similarities with the All Star II.
 


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