From Canada. Designed by a world badminton champion. On James Dean with his feet on a chair. Sported by Steve McQueen in a mock gunplay photo shoot.
Alongside Converse’s All-Stars, Jack Purcell sneakers have icon status now as a fashion (or perhaps anti-fashion) accessory. They’re cool enough for Converse to have had the foresight to purchase the trademark 40 years back. Smart move.
So what’s led to its mystique? Could it be the smile on the toe? Who knows?
Classics always have something undefinable that set them apart.