Jack Purcell’s

“Hey, he’s wearing fishheads”, someone would shout at the lad who had the audacity to try and pass off a cheap knockoff of JP’s for the real deal. Growing up in the 60’s, before ‘Air Jordan’s’ and all the other high priced athletic shoes pushed by Nike, Adidas, Under Armor, Sketcher’s and others, you had to have a pair of Jack Purcell ‘tenna shoes’ to be cool. When I was able to save up the $9.95, I would march down to Dudley’s Mens Shop at Westside Shopping Center to purchase a pair. You could always tell a real pair of Jack Purcell’s by the insignia on the bottom of the shoe. I can recall that the shoes came in several colors but blue seemed to be the most popular. They were shoes of high quality and seemed to last a long time AND were actually made in the U.S.A. by Converse. You can actually still buy them today but they just don’t seem to have the same appeal as they did to us way back in prehistoric times. Looking at the images, I must admit that the shoes look sort of lame and funky but back then, you just had to have a pair.