What makes an All-Star? If you ask one of the oldest sneaker brands around, Converse, it starts with simplicity and ends with originality. The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Shoes started out as basketball shoes for legendary player, Chuck Taylor, believe it or not. Nowadays, "Chucks" are synonymous with casual and cool. They're shoes that you make your own and at least one person you know owns a pair of these classics.