Colchester Rubber Co. - The world's oldest basketball shoe.

The story of the Colchester Rubber Co. is a part of American heritage history. In 2004 a pair of sneakers resembling old basketball shoe was found at an estate sale in Vista, California. After further research, the sneakers are believed to have once been owned and worn by Dr. James Naismith, inventor of Basketball.

He invented the game in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts, a mere 50 miles away from the now-defunct Colchester Rubber Co's factory. The sneakers were most likely a prototype designed for Dr. Naismith by Colchester Rubber to be used in his new game of "basket-ball."

The Colchester name has since been revived with the release of footwear styles inspired by the shoes once owned and developed by Dr. Naismith.

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