Converse shoes are made at plants in Indonesia, China, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Pakistan, Vietnam and Malaysia. They were made in the United States until Converse declared bankruptcy in 2001. In 2003, Nike purchased the brand and now manufactures the shoes.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe was first made in 1917. By 1960 it held an 80 percent share of the U.S. sneaker market. The largest plant operation producing the shoes was located in Lumberton, N.C., and employed over 1,000 people before all production in North America was stopped. The shift in the location of production has caused the value of the Converse sneakers marked "Made In America" to increase as they are now collector's items.