Converse Jack Purcell Trainers – All You Need to Know | Curated Mint

The Jack Purcell by Converse are a classic trainer that are often overlooked in favour of the much loved Chuck Taylor All Star. We thought it was about time we paid some attention to the Badminton trainer that looks good with pretty much everything.

Originally created by Jack Purcell, one of Canada’s first Badminton stars. These trainers are minimal, long lasting and with the recent additions from Nike, they’re pretty comfortable as well. Over the years they’ve added so many varieties to the collection, but they’ve always kept their simple style. If you like classic sneakers, take a look at our guide to the Jack Purcell Converse trainer.

Converse Jack Purcell

The shoe is very minimal, certain fads will pass but these trainers have been worn since the mid 1930s which shows how timeless their design is. Having recently had the Nike cushioning you can expect some extra comfort. The canvas trainer has a two-ply Duck canvas outer  making them more resilient, which should avoid getting any holes in your Converse!


  • A reinforced rubber sole for extra grip.
  • The signature Purcell Smile on the toe in classic Converse blue.
  • Footbed lined with Nike Zoom Air cushioning technology for extra comfort.
  • Aluminium eyelets.
  • Two-ply Duck canvas upper.
  • The Jack Purcell Stamp of approval on the sole.


The Trainers are named after Jack Purcell, a Canadian World champion Badminton player who designed the trainer in 1935. Converse bought the trademark rights for the shoe in 1970s and it has become one of their more iconic brands. Over the years they’ve been worn by pretty much everyone from James Dean to Orlando Bloom, and it’s because they’re not just practical and comfortable but also very stylish.

Jack Purcell facts:

  • Born in Guelth, Ontario on Christmas eve in 1903
  • Inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1973.
  • He travelled to England in 1931 to compete in the All England Championship where he reached the Semi- Finals.
  • He retired from Badminton to become a Stockbroker.

Price – £55

Original Release Date – 1935

Original Model Name – Jack Purcell

Purpose – Badminton.

Key Drop Variations – Jack Purcell Leather

The leather Purcells come in mid or low top and give you an option that’s a lot easier to clean. The sleek leather look on these also works really well with the aluminium eyelets to create an minimalist look. Wearing leather trainers is also a simple way to make an outfit look smarter.

Jack Purcell White Leather

It’s true that most people love white trainers and a collection isn’t complete without at least one pair. When wearing white leather trainers you can leave the fear at home as unlike the canvas option, these can be easily wiped clean at the end of the day.

Converse Jack Purcell Black

They’re not just simple black trainers. The Jack Purcell’s often come with a hint of colour. If you’re not a fan of the smile you can avoid it by buying an all black pair.

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