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Colchester Rubber Co., it's just the oldest sneaker in the world. Since 1892. Yes, yes, well before the other well-known basketball that begins with a C and whose name we will not mention. The real original basketball shoe is them and it's an important part of the history of American heritage that is now resurfacing after years in the shadows. Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of Basketball, presumably owned and wore these sneakers. He invented the game in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, just 50 miles from the Colchester Rubber Co. factory The sneakers were most likely a prototype designed by Colchester Rubber for Dr. Naismith and intended for use in his new basketball game. This is how the Colchesters preceded their competitors by more than a quarter of a century.

In addition to the anecdote about their origin, the Colchesters have also gained a reputation for their impeccable quality and the details of their design, testimony to its Victorian origins (George Watkinson, its creator, was originally from England and many of the original drawings will be inspired by his country of origin).

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