It's one of the most iconic silhouettes in sneakers, and in America. The Converse All-Star has lasted several decades, and other companies have created their own loosley inspired versions of the seminal canvas sneakers over the years. But now, Converse is going after them.

The New York Times is reporting that Converse, a subsidiary of Nike, Inc., has filed 31 separate complaints to the International Trade Commission and federal court claiming that retailers and manufacturers have infringed on the brand's trademarked toe-cap and black stripe on the sole. The All-Star was first created in 1917 and was then named after company spokesperson Chuck Taylor a decade later. 

“The goal really is to stop this action,” said Jim Calhoun, Converse’s chief executive officer told the Times. “I think we’re quite fortunate here to be in the possession of what we would consider to be an American icon.”

via: New York Times