The Converse Jack Purcell is a simple and timeless sneaker that will always be in fashion. Named after the Canadian badminton world champion Jack Purcell, they were designed and produced by the B.F. Goodrich Company of Canada in 1935. The original design featured an encapsulated toe, canvas upper and a rubber outsole. In 1972 Converse purchased B.F. Goodrich's rubber division and altered the design slightly with the addition of metal eyelets and a thicker inner sole. Now, the Converse Jack Purcell is available in a wide array of materials, colors and designs.