Launched in ’83, Fastbreak dominated basketball courts. Lightweight and breathable, serious players accepted no substitute.
In the years since, fans saw something more in the athletic silhouette and unmistakable Star Chevron logo.
The skate culture recognized the durability and comfort of the Converse Fastbreak and the streets appreciated its versatile style.
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Converse Fastbreak history
In the seventies, running shoes had discovered nylon for sports use, a material that, like many others, was born by mistake in a laboratory in the thirties.
Converse had gone from being the absolute dominator of basketball to fighting with adidas, Nike and new emerging brands for a share of the market.
Despite all this, it was still a prestigious brand that had worn the shoes of every American basketball player in the history of the Olympic Games.
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In fact, the version we know of the Chuck Taylor, with red and blue details, comes from the edition they created for the 1936 U.S. Olympics.
By contractual obligation, until 1988 the USA basketball team had to wear Converse, which at the time of the expansion of sports sponsorship gave rise to some curious moments.
The USA uniforms were manufactured by Descente, a historic Japanese firm, while Converse’s contract was limited to footwear. To make this agreement a little more visible, Converse even placed its logo on the U.S. uniform next to Descente’s logo. One garment, two logos. This rarity was only possible for friendly matches. The Olympic Games imposed different conditions regarding the use of trademarks.
For Los Angeles ’84, many of the U.S. players chose a shoe that we had seen some time before in the NBA. The Fastbreak reclaimed the name of an old Converse shoe and was made of nylon to improve breathability, flexibility and lighten the weight.
It was designed with faster players in mind. Isiah Thomas starred in the advertising campaigns for the high version, Dominique Wilkins played with the mid version in his Rookie year and most of the USA team wore them during the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. It was the fastest shoe, it imitated the running shoes of the seventies and took them to the basketball courts.
Although neither of the two colorways he wore have been reissued, it was the last shoe Michael Jordan wore on a court before turning pro and his last non-Nike shoe. It should be enough for such a correct reissue to sell out in minutes, but the strange cycle of fads has made it a rarity. In the meantime, Converse is pondering what its future is, whether to try to become the definitive sportswear brand or reclaim its myths.