After long research and development, the first version of the Converse All Star basketball shoe was produced in 1917. The first All Star converse boots were in natural brown with black trim. In the 1920s, All Star was made in a black cloth or leather version. Converse All Star boots have become the first mass-produced basketball shoes in North America. The boot consisted of a thick rubber sole and a cloth, sometimes leather upper that covered the ankle. The Converse boots were also used by the US military during the Second World War for military exercises. Converse shoes are nowadays used as a common shoe around the world and their popularity is constantly rising.