They’re quintessentially “baseball” as well
As if basketball and badminton weren’t enough, PFs were dear to the hearts of some of baseball’s greats, like Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and more.
Converse and New Balance are both former parent companies
Beyond early-1900s fame, the most well-known periods in PF Flyers’ history were in 1972 when Converse purchased the company after Goodrich retired, and in 2001 when New Balance snatched up the name.
They were once a monopoly
How popular were these things? Well shortly after that ’72 Converse purchase, the US Supreme Court deemed that the market ownership commanded by Converse and its new acquisition constituted a legitimate economic monopoly in the US. They probably had like 15 hotels on both Boardwalk and Park Place, too.