Converse sneakers are the quintessential hybrid of athletic and street style, and so are Converse eyeglasses. The History of Converse Converse was founded in the early 1900s, and by 1915, the company was manufacturing athletic shoes for tennis. Shortly after, the celebrated Converse All-Star basketball shoe was introduced, and n 1932, the signature star was added to the high-topped sneakers. While the brand only intended to market shoes for athletes, the brand began showing up on the streets, worn by people living on the edge - rock stars, celebrity icons and everyday people. Converse now also offers clothing and accessories, like socks, hats, bags and, yes, eyewear.