With Loss of Dwyane Wade, Converse Might Be Officially Dead
But considering that Wade is basically the only star left in Converse's stable, it could be the nail in the coffin for the iconic brand in terms of high-end basketball shoes.
The rumor is that Wade has hated the latest editions of the Wade shoe, and various sneakerheads pointed out that during the Heat's playoff series against the Hawks Wade could be seen rocking the Wade 1s, which were new back when Miami won the championship in 2006.
Darren Rovell points out how bizarre the move would be for Nike, considering the Jordan brands (including Jumpman) are already huge while Converse is struggling. It's hard to see it as anything other than as a fatal self-inflicted wound which will send Converse out of the high-end sneaker market for good. (Don't worry. The next wave of Chucks-wearing hipsters has to be right around the corner.)