John Edward "Jack" Purcell (December 24, 1903 – June 10, 1991) was a
Canadian world champion badminton player. Purcell was the Canadian
National Badminton Champion in 1929 and 1930 and declared as world
champion in 1933. He retired in 1945, and pursued a career as a
stockbroker. Purcell also designed an athletic shoe that bears his name,
which is still popular today.
Purcell designed a canvas and rubber badminton sneaker for the B.F.
Goodrich Company of Canada in 1935. He designed the
shoe to provide more protection and support on badminton courts. In the
Converse purchased the trademark rights to Jack Purcell
sneakers - which it still produces and sells today. The shoes, nicknamed
"Smilies," owing to the signature smile across the toe, are otherwise
similar in appearance to Converse's Chuck Taylor All-Star.
Converse "Jack Purcells" are still popular - but more for their
vintage fashion appeal than for athletic use.
Below are a few examples from 2015:
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