Not many people realize this, but Converse didn't always make its signature sneakers. In fact, when it was founded in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908, a majority of the company's output was winterized, rubber-soled footwear. Now, 104 years after its conception, Converse pays homage to its outdoorsy Northeastern roots with the Made in Maine collection. The Chuck Taylor All Star Made in Maine boot launches today at Converse stores in New York and Boston, as well as selected Converse First String retailers. As the name implies, the shoes are made in the USA, through a partnership with Maine's Highland Shoe Company. Mixing the boot's legacy with the tastes of today, they utilize quality leather (Horween oiled chamois from Chicago) for the upper and place it on an of-the-moment Vibram ripple sole.
$350, by Converse, available at select retailers, such as Bodega