The epitome of classic hipster cool and style, Converse Jack Purcell tennis shoes are available in a variety of styles. Designed by John Edward “Jack” Purcell, a Canadian world champion badminton player, Jack Purcell sneakers were originally made for the B.F. Goodrich Company to provide badminton players with a supportive shoe for on the court.
In the 1970s, Converse purchased the Purcell brand and continues to make the classic shoe today. In fact, all together, Converse features 71 Jack Purcell designs in addition to exclusive designs and colors made for the clothing retailer J. Crew.
Similar in appearance to Chuck Taylor All-stars, also produced by Converse, Jack Purcell sneakers are known for the smile on the tip of the rubber capped toe, and every Purcell style sneaker will make you smile with delight at this whimsical touch. Today Jack Purcell sneakers, while not worn for competitive sports any longer, remain a popular shoe for their retro look, comfort, and durable outer sole.
The absolute classic Jack Purcell sneaker made by a champion and for champions. Available in black, white and blue, you can’t go wrong with the purchase of a pair of Jack Purcell sneakers. These timeless sneakers have undergone little change since designed by Purcell with the exception of improvements such as a ½ inch thick comfort insole, padded tongue and upper sock liner.
Jack Purcell Oxford
Jack Purcell Oxford takes its name from the traditional peppy and preppy Oxford shirt. Designed from oxford cloth material, the Purcell Oxford has lightweight canvas upper, lace-up closures with metallic eyelets, cool cotton lining and a cushioned footbed. The Oxford is available in the colors gray or blue with a classic white rubber sole.
Jack Purcell Low Profile and Low Profile II
The Jack Purcell Low Profile may have a low-profile rubber midsole, but for high profile hipsters the look is decidedly perfect. The Jack Purcell LP and LPII are available in navy, black, brown and gray and is made of a classic canvas upper or black leather. In addition, the LP and LPII have medial-side vent holes and a Jack Purcell heel patch.
Jack Purcell Helen
Named after his wife, the Jack Purcell Helen sneaker is a slim feminine take on the Purcell classic. Available in yellow, blue, pink or white, the Purcell Helen is made of a canvas upper, has metallic eyelets, laces that match the color of the sneaker and a low profile rubber mid-sole. In addition to the solid colors, the Jack Purcell Helen also is made in original Merimekko patterns from the 1960s.
Jack Purcell Garment Dyed
The Jack Purcell Garment Dyed sneaker is available in all the colors of the rainbow and more. These lightweight cotton uppers come in wonderfully bright colors such as tan, green, orange, yellow, blue and pink. Featuring seven metallic eyelets and a low profile, the Garment Dyed Jack Purcell adds some vibrancy to the classic Purcell silhouette.
Jack Purcell Saltwash Slip
Ideal for sliding on for a stroll along the boardwalk after a day at the beach, the Jack Purcell Saltwash Slip is made of a faded canvas upper and is available in gray, tan, and lavender. In addition to the comfortable slide, no lace style, the Jack Purcell Saltwash Slip has a built-in support system around the tongue that provides you with a secure and snug fit.
Additional Colors and Styles
In addition to the above colors and styles, Jack Purcell sneakers are also available in a variety of plaids, gold leather and silver leather, seersucker and a line designed specifically for J. Crew. To view these styles visit the Converse website of the J. Crew website.