Converse is an American shoe company with a production output that primarily consists of sports wear, and lifestyle brand footwear. Converse manufactures its products under the One Star, Chuck Taylor All Star, and Jack Purcell names. Converse shoes are unique and distinguished by its Star Insignia. The company sells its footwear and other items globally through retailers in over 160 countries and through approximately 75 company-owned retail stores nationwide. The company has been in existence since the early 20th century, and in 2009, it was purchased for $305 million (USD) as a subsidiary of Nike, Inc..