From: Malden, Mass.
Founded: 1908 

Converse's Chuck Taylor All-Star is the number one selling sneaker of all time. The famed brand set up shop on the outskirts of Boston in Malden, Mass. in 1908. Nine years later, the brand would introduce the recognizable All-Star, and forever change the sneaker game. It's difficult to find someone who hasn't sported the canvas-and-rubber kicks, but Converse also gained cred within the basketball world, sponsoring Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Dwyane Wade, Larry Johnson, and more. But it's the simple Chuck Taylor—much like the life that exists in New England—that has established Converse as a cultural touching point for people from various backgrounds and upbringings.