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Converse Sues Basically Everyone In The World Over Knockoff Chucks

Happy 2014! Another year has passed by. I am so excited for 2014: I turn 18, graduate high school, go to Mexico again, go to
Happy 2014! Another year has passed by. I am so excited for 2014: I turn 18, graduate high school, go to Mexico again, go to college, and many many other things! I hope it ends up being as great as it seems that it will. One of the things that I hope that happens this year is that I slowly come back to Flickr. I miss this website and miss what it used to be, hopefully 2014 is the year Flickr makes its comeback. If not, I just hope I start taking more pictures. I really want to upgrade my camera and get a new lens, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon. So I guess it's time to stop making excuses and to continue to shoot more! I definitely miss it. I got this pair of Converse this Christmas and I am so excited to wear them. I already love them so much, but I don't want to get them dirty ): See you!

Converse wants to stomp out Chuck Taylor posers.

The company, owned by apparel giant Nike, said Tuesday that it has sued 31 retailers and manufacturers, including Walmart, Kmart, Skechers and H&M, accusing them of ripping off the design of its iconic sneakers, according to a press release.

“For generations, the Chuck Taylor, universally known as the ‘Chuck,’ has captured the hearts and minds of millions of consumers, selling over a billion pairs globally during the past century,” Jim Calhoun, Converse’s president and chief executive, said in a statement forwarded to The Huffington Post by a spokeswoman. “We welcome fair competition, but we do not believe companies have the right to copy the Chuck’s trademarked look.”

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Walmart sells the "Faded Glory Womens Canvas Lace" shoe on its website for $12.87.

Converse All-Stars first hit the market in 1917. By the early 1920s, they were renamed Chuck Taylor All-Stars after the eponymous basketball player who became an evangelist for the shoe, paving the way for celebrity-branded sneakers. Emblazoned with a star-logo patch to protect the ankle, the canvas, rubber-toed shoes evolved by the 1980s from athletic shoes to the essential footwear of grunge and punk rockers.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Federal District Court in New York, alleges that the number of knockoff Chuck Taylors has ballooned since 2008. The company, which filed additional complaints through the International Trade Commission, is suing for monetary damages to be determined at the trial.

Walmart and Kmart did not immediately respond to requests from for comment. H&M declined to comment. Jennifer Clay, a Skechers spokeswoman, said she the company had not seen Converse's lawsuit and declined to comment on pending litigation.

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H&M's version of the Converse All-Star, ambiguously named "sneakers," sells for $24.95 and comes in three different colors.

This story has been updated with a statements from H&M and Skechers

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