As I worked out this morning I was listening to one of my favorite podcast shows, NPR’s Only a Game with Bill Littlefield. Once again, it was a great show but what I found myself paying the most attention to was a segment on the iconic basketball shoe of it’s time, the Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker. I found myself immediately thinking back to the late 1970’s when I played a great deal of basketball. When I played back then I wore white Chuck Taylor high-tops size 13. I loved the way they fit and looked. I played so much ball in those sneakers that I actually wore holes in the midsole of each sneaker but at the time would never think of throwing them away. One morning, however, I woke up and was getting ready to shoot some hoops in the back yard and could not find my white high tops anywhere. Finally, I asked my Mom “Have you seen my Chucks?” She said, “Look in the trash”. She was already aware of the holes in the bottom of the sneakers and had thrown them out the night before and was going to buy me a new pair. But I loved that particular pair so much that I pulled them out of the trash and cut out size 13 cardboard inserts and stuffed them in each sneaker, added an extra pair of white socks, and I was good to go.
It looks like they are still popular today as they were back in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and today sell about 191,000 pairs a day according to the NPR report.
Later in the day I was up in my daughter’s room who is away at Fairfield University and running cross-country in her first year. I looked into her closet and among the 25 pair of sneakers and shoes, she too had her own pair of Chuck’s only they were blue and low cut. I think it’s now time for another pair of white or maybe even black high tops this time around.