The Canadian worldchampion badminton player Jack Purcell designed a canvas and rubber badminton sneaker for the B.F. Goodrich Company in 1935. He designed the shoe to provide more protection and suport on badminton courts. In 1970s, Converse purchased the trademark rights to Jack Purcell sneakers. Converse "Jack Purcells" are still very popular more for their "vintage fashion" appeal than for playing badminton. Check out how great they look at Icons like James Dean and Bruce Springsteen. For sure they throwed the shoebox away.