Rubber souls wqere joined to low cut, lace-up canvas uppers by the 1860s . the democraticlly priced Ked, introduced by US rubber in 1917, was the first popularlly marketed sneaker. The All-Star by Converse which debuted in 1919, had boot-like high tops and was made of serviceable no nonsense tan canvas with brown rubber souls. It was the forerunner of athletic shoes for both sexes.