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With its roots as a popular basketball shoe worn by professionals, Converse has morphed under NIKE into a fashionable footwear maker for those off the court, too. It has sold some 750 million pairs of its classic Chuck Taylor All Star canvas basketball shoes, which appeal to consumers ranging from kids to clothing designers. It also licenses its name to sports apparel makers. Converse produces products under the One Star, Chuck Taylor All Star, and Jack Purcell names. It sells them through its own stores and through retailers the likes of Target and even DSW. Converse operates as a separate unit from NIKE's competing sports brands, reining in the kitsch value of Converse's vintage Chuck Taylor brand.