posted on May, 10 2010 @ 03:36 PM
No offence taken folks!
Thanks for your replies,I was leaning towards potential fakes,due to the lack of sole wear as compared to top wear the same as you.
I could find no mention of the shoe (skoots)on the converse WIKI page,although I did find that the company did change path during WW2,switching from
their Basketball base,to providing helpful items for the troops(as many companies did during the war).
When the United States entered World War II in 1941, Converse shifted production to manufacturing footwear, apparel, boots, parkas, rubber
protective suits, and ponchos for pilots and troops. Widely popular during the 1950s and 1960s, Converse promoted a distinctly American image with its
Converse Yearbook. Artist Charles Kerins created cover art that celebrated Converse's role in the lives of High School and College athletes, as the
essential sports shoe. In the 1970's, Converse purchased the trademark rights to Jack Purcell sneakers from B.F. Goodrich.
So that at least tells us they did make such shoes then,and we can speculate that they may have made a shoe with a nazi stomping sole for troops on
leave,or in the gym etc.
Could have been a good morale booster if true.
(Pre WW2 the company became famous for its (still famous) "all stars" shoe,thanks to one Chuck Taylor,a BBall dude who helped market the shoe.)
And those "skoots" do look similar.
Maybe the name "skoot" is a clue.
Skoot the nazis out maybe?
Hmmm,still not sure...could be fake.wish we could trace the ebay sale,to find out more.