150003-322ProductConverse Chuck Taylor All Star 70
Care Canvas trainers
Protect new canvas trainers by treating them with a stain and water repellent before you start wearing them. Remove any dirt and stains as soon as they appear. Use a small bristle brush or a toothbrush together with washing-up liquid and cold water. Work in circular motions, scrubbing gently. Repeat as needed. Rinse with cold water but avoid soaking the shoe. Allow to air dry in a well-ventilated area. Wash the laces separately by soaking in soapy water. Do not wash canvas trainers in the machine and do not tumble dry them. Avoid bleach, even with white shoes. It can discolour the canvas.
The name canvas originates from ‘cannabis’, the Latin word for ‘hemp’, from which earlier canvas-like fabrics were woven. A durable and tear-resistant fabric with considerable strength, usually of unbleached cotton or linen, canvas was traditionally used for utilitarian items such as tents and boat sails and became popular in workwear, for shoes and for bags and packs in the post-war era.
Canvas is sometimes used interchangeably with cotton duck – from the Dutch word ‘doek’, meaning ‘linen canvas’ – which is a similar but more heavyweight fabric made from coarser yarns and, like canvas, traditionally used in sails and sailor’s clothing.
Plainly woven with a single weft yarn over a double warp (horizontal and vertical, respectively), canvas has a slightly ribbed textured surface. If the fabric becomes wet, the fibres will swell and fill any gaps in the firm weave, making it naturally resistant to water.
During the Renaissance period, Italian artists began replacing wooden panels with Venetian sailcloth and, stretched onto a wooden frame, canvas remains the most common support medium for oil painting.
Recognised today primarily as a cultural signifier – with its original styles used by various youth and counterculture movements for half a century – the Converse Rubber Shoe Company was established in Massachusetts in 1908, making rubber galoshes. The ubiquitous All Star shoe, originally named Non-Skid, was one of its first athletic models designed specifically for basketball with a diamond-patterned outsole for better traction on the court. The lightweight high-top shoe launched in 1917 and was promoted to ball teams throughout the U.S. by Charles Hollis Taylor, a former high-school playe. The U.S. Olympic team wore it to win gold at the 1936 games in Berlin and the model was later adopted as the official shoe of the NBA. A low-cut ‘Oxford’ version was developed with help from the Harlem Globetrotters in the late 1950s. The One Star model was launched as a retro sneaker in 1993, inspired by a 1970s leather version of the All Star, while the iconic canvas-and-rubber Jack Purcell is an original 1930s badminton shoe.