Body Politic

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Body Politic

After the devastation of World War I, media put a greater emphasis on cultivating physical beauty, encouraging many to exercise. At the same time, advances in sneaker production dramatically lowered the price of sneakers, making them widely available.

Converse All Star

“More coaches specify more players wear Converse All Stars because they want only the best,” reads a Converse All Stars advertisement from the 1950s.

Converse Gripper

These high-tops look similar to Converse All Stars, but they're actually Grippers, another Converse model popular in the late 1940s and early 1950s.