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Cold Weather Inspires a Change
Marquis Mills Converse lived in Malden, Massachusetts. He worked as a manager at a footwear manufacturing firm, but he wanted to branch out on his own. So, in 1908, Marquis started the Converse Rubber Shoe Company. The new business made winterized rubber-soled footwear for adults and children, and within two years, the growing enterprise was cranking out shoes every day.