Mystery Sneakers from the past
January 10, 2008 1:53 PM   Subscribe

What's the name of these sneakers?

I am not sure they're still made, but they're not Chuck Taylors or Fred Perrys (more like Chucks than Freds) -- They're mostly canvas (off-white) with a thick white rubber toe cap with a black (or blue?) 'smile' in the cap. I wore them in the late 70s and early 80s. I don't know if they were designed for a specific sport maybe tennis or basketball . . . classics -- and I think they have a man's name, but I am not sure.
posted by nnk to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (4 answers total)
Best answer: Converse Jack Purcells?
posted by box at 1:55 PM on January 10, 2008

Best answer: The "smile" is a giveaway. Definitely Jack Purcells (the only shoe I can think of that's named after a badminton player...)
posted by dersins at 2:14 PM on January 10, 2008

Best answer: Late to the game and thirding the Jack P's. Black pair on my feets right now!
posted by brautigan at 2:27 PM on January 10, 2008

Response by poster: Bingo.

A badminton player! That's So Cool! Yeah, thems the ones! A little pricer nowadays. Thanks All!
posted by nnk at 2:37 PM on January 10, 2008

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