Chuck Taylor All-Stars (a.k.a. Chucks) were first created by Converse in 1917. They gained popularity after basketball star Chuck Taylor wore them during games, and were the standard shoe worn by most basketball players throughout most of the 40's and 50's. Wilt Chamberlain wore Chucks during his record-breaking 100 point scoring streak in 1962. In the 1970's, Chucks started to gain popularity amongst punk rockers, led by bands like The Ramones. They continued to be popular with musicians throughout the 80's and 90's and up till now, worn by bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Green Day. Although Chucks have lost favor with athletes due to fancier shoe technologies, they're still an American classic. Although originally produced only in black, Chucks are now available in hundreds of colors and patterns.
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