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2003: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
2003: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Nike didn't design the classic sneaker, but it bought the company that makes the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star for $305 million in 2003. Since then, Converse purists have carefully monitored the retro-chic brand for changes, but Nike hasn't made any drastic alterations to the Chucks. The sneaker, which debuted in 1917, became a hit after Chuck Taylor endorsed them in the 1930s.

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