Converse, Inc. is a designer, distributor and marketer of high-performance and casual athletic footwear and apparel for men, women and children. The Company's products primarily include athletic footwear distinguished by its sports classics, sports performance and sports lifestyle product categories, comprising approximately 37%, 27% and 36%, respectively, of the Company's wholesale sales during 2002. The sports classics footwear category includes the Chuck Taylor All Star, the Jack Purcell tennis shoe, the One Star court shoe and other authentic heritage products. The sports performance footwear category focuses on basketball footwear, while the sports lifestyle products are designed to appeal to trend-conscious consumers seeking casual footwear. The Company's products are sold in over 12,000 athletic specialty, sporting goods, department and national chain stores across the United States and Canada, and also through Converse's 43 licensees in over 100 countries.