"It's deception that put me on top. There are plenty of fellows who've mastered all the strokes, but I've stayed a notch or two ahead by using trickery to throw them off balance" Jack Purcell
When it comes to the finer things, there is but one name: Jack Purcell. A man of the club but a rebel to the core, Jack was a champion, master and advocate for gaining advantage. By the time he helped design his signature court shoe in 1935, Jack had not only won five consecutive championships, he'd also been declared the world badminton champion.
A hero of sorts, it wasn't Jack's success that defined him - but his self-confidence. For that self-confidence went beyond success to represent the ultimate form of rebellion: freedom. And it is with this freedom that the legacy of Jack Purcell lives on, playing however, wherever, whenever and with whomever he pleases.
The famed Converse Jack Purcell sneaker, with its tell-tale Smile on the front, is a footwear icon the world over. Rugged on the court in its heyday, the original Jack Purcell remains essentially unchanged since its introduction. A staple of early Hollywood and boarding school bad boys, the Jack Purcell silhouette gained fame well beyond that of the 1930's Badminton champion himself. Infamously worn by the greatest on-screen rebels, the Jack Purcell sneaker is Americana in every stitch.
Those who don Jack Purcell sneakers portray an image that sets the standards for classic understated style. They are fun but trouble, and are focused on having a good time all of the time. They're spontaneous, magnetic and charming with an unfinished elegance. Equal parts refined and rebellious, they appreciate the finer things in life and push the boundaries in both style and behaviour.
This is a smile - or a smirk, depending on how you look at it. The most iconic signature on the Jack Purcell sneaker , the smile carries on the legacy of Jack's self-confidence and charm.