National Treasure Low Deadgrass sneakers are the perfect casual shoe with vintage appeal. The low is the sidekick to the original high top model, replicas of the original basketball shoe invented in 1892 by the original Colchester Rubber Co. which were rediscovered in 2004 at an estate sale in Vista, CA. Just like the original high-top style, the low version also features canvas uppers and a turkey feather sole pattern, which were the hallmarks of the original.
Located a mere 50 miles from the YMCA where Dr. James Naismith developed the initial 13 rules of basketball, the Colchester Rubber Co. was one of the largest vulcanized rubber shoe manufacturers of its time, and its production of high-top basketball footwear predates that of any competitors’ by a quarter of a century. Made from vulcanized rubber and canvas, the original sneakers were the first of their kind that protected feet while running, jumping, and pivoting on gymnasium floors. Updated for contemporary casual wear, the National Treasure Low Deadgrass has a built-in arch, cushioned insole, metal eyelets, and duck canvas uppers.