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New Balance has been a staple in the sneaker industry for decades. It’s a quality, durable shoe brand that’s reliable, comfortable and fun. But where did it all begin?
New Balance is one of the oldest performance brands that’s still around to this day. It was founded in 1906 by William J. Riley under the name, New Balance Arch Support Company.
Riley developed the brand with a flexible and comfortable arch support in mind. He got his brilliant arch support design from chickens he watched wandering in his yard. His design featured three flexible support points that provided maximum comfort and performance.
The brand focused solely on creating arch supports, and it wasn’t until Riley’s partner, Arthur Hall, got involved and left the company to his kids that New Balance started the production of its first-ever sneaker. This was in 1960.
The first New Balance sneaker was called the Trackster, and it was the first running shoe to have a ripped sole for traction. The Trackster quickly became the go-to sneaker for track and cross-country runners across the state of Massachusetts. But it was in 1972 that New Balance really exploded.
Jim Davis, the current chairman, bought New Balance in 1972 — on the day of the famous Boston Marathon. And after the acquisition, he quickly scaled operations and broadened the brand’s availability and recognition. He quickly catapulted the brand to success, capitalizing on the booming runners market.
In 1976, the first New Balance sneaker with the iconic ‘N’ logo was released — it was called the 320 and it helped the brand breakout into the global sneaker market.
In 1988, New Balance released what is now the most-popular of all its sneakers — the 574. What made this shoe stand out from the rest was its style. Before, New Balance shoes were only seen as performance shoes, but now people were wearing them off the running tracks.
New Balance continues to release new versions of their famous shoes, creating new designs and styles as well. It’s a quality brand with integrity and durability. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
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Chuck Taylor All-Stars or Converse All Stars, also known as “Chuck Taylors” or “Chucks“, is a model of casual shoe manufactured by Converse.
Depending on your need and style, both Converse and Vans are great shoes. Vans has more options and selections, but Converse has a long-standing, classic brand attribution.
Apart from helping your feet breathe, the extra two holes on Converse shoes are for the “bar lacing” method.
The most popular Converse colors are white, black, red and blue.
Nike bought Converse for about $305 million in 2003.
While Converse shoes are great for most casual occasions, they are not developed for long bouts of walking as they do not have very good arch support or provide much cushioning.