The World's Oldest Basketball Sneaker: Colchester Rubber Company
Inspiration can come from a variety of sources when it comes to design and craftsmanship. For this company, a discovery in an estate sale in Vista, California of a pair of Victorian era basketball shoes dating back to the 1890’s sparked an interest in bringing the sneakers to the modern market. The company’s website explains “Located a mere 50 miles from the YMCA where Dr. James Naismith developed the initial 13 rules of basketball, the Colchester Rubber Co. was one of the largest vulcanized rubber shoe manufacturers of its time, and its production of high-top basketball footwear predates that of any competitors' by a quarter of a century.” Beginning as a Kickstarter campaign, the path for successfully reviving this brand has been a great example of what is possible when you combine solid design (which has withstood the test of time) and determined creatives.
In addition to their unique story, we were drawn to these shoes because of the details in design and construction. We’ve brought in the 1892 National Treasure High Top in both Deadgrass and Navy and the Low Top in Deadgrass. The High Top features the 5” high-top design, turkey feather sole pattern, Colchester Rubber Co. crest from the original design and include updates, such as a built-in arch, a cushioned insole, and metal eyelets. Like its counterpart, the Low Top enjoys the same features, trading the crest for the crown logo. There is a reason sneakers have had lasting power in terms of casual style, and we know this shoe will become a staple for many in terms of finishing off a look.