Date: 1921

Contrary to what you may believe, Chuck Taylor did not invent the basketball shoe, or even the shoe that even today bears his name. But he did make it better. Converse introduced the All Star in 1917, and the salesman and semi-pro basketball player came on board in 1921. By 1932, his improvements had been implemented, and his name was added to the ankle patch he devised. The modern basketball sneaker started here.