The sport of basketball was originally created by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 while teaching at the YMCA training school. Now, 130 years later, Boston-based brands Converse and Concepts are teaming up to celebrate the historic game with the “Southern Flame” pack.

The Converse name has been synonymous with basketball since the brand produced its first basketball shoe, the All-Star. in 1917. Years ahead of the National Basketball Association and modern rules of the game, the Converse All-Star quickly became the go-to footwear for the emerging sport. This relationship between the two continued for decades, evolving alongside each other t and changing the history of both sport and footwear on the way. This week, Converse announced a special-edition sneaker release celebrating the original founding father of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, who came up with the game in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The two-pack of sneakers, featuring the Converse All-Star Chuck Taylor and the All-Star Pro BB, the original and modern-day versions of the silhouette, pays homage to the sport’s founder through the two peach baskets that were originally used as the games’ “hoops”. The Chuck Taylor All-Star features a washed orange upper, evoking the look of a yellow peach skin in the summer, while the low-top All-Star Pro BB features a dusty green makeup illustrating the colors of a peach before it is ripe.


The upcoming project from the Boston brand’s Converse and Concepts, celebrating the invention of basketball in 1891, has been scheduled to release next week, on January 28th, 2021. Releasing from both Concepts and Converse as well as select global retail partners, the Chuck 70 and All-Star Pro BB two-pack has not yet been given an official price point, though we expect them to come with elevated price tags. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Converse release news.

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