The most successful athletic shoe of all time was first introduce in 1917.
This American icon has since been purchased by Nike. It is said that "Cons" where the first shoe designed specifically for basketball. They grew in popularity after being adopted by the high school basketball player Chuck Taylor in 1918.
More recently, the shoes have disappeared from basketball courts, but are prized by "punk rockers" and "old school heads" as a fashion statement none-the-less they continue to be a popular cultural icon.
History of the "All Star"