Category: Popular Culture

Ever notice something fuzzy on the sole of fresh new Chucks?

It’s always there, but we never questioned it. When you get a new pair of Chuck Taylors, you may have noticed that there is a nice fuzzy sole. Something that almost looks like the little sticks of rubber coming out of a brand new tire. Well, the extruding rubber on a tire is to classify the tire as new or slightly worn.

Why do Chuck Taylors have a fuzzy or felt sole?

According to Smithsonian Magazine’s Smart News:

Felt on your sneakers is there not for function, but for economics – shoes with fuzzy soles are taxed less when imported than those with rubber ones

By adding the felt to the sole of the shoe, this classifies the Chuck Taylor Sneaker as slippers, not sneakers. Perhaps you have noticed that the first few days of wearing your fresh new sneakers are a tad bit slippery? This could be why. The not so distance cousin of the Chuck Taylor shoe, PF Flyers, are known to do this as well.

Now, the interesting thing is that this tariff is only related to the US, so you may not see these type of fuzzy soles on a fresh pair of international Chucks.

Read more on Smithsonianmag.com 

Converse Pride Collection

Converse Shoes

The Converse Pride collection comes to us with vibrant rainbow colors and wild stylistic updates to our favorite Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Shoe. With Pride Parades coming to us throughout the nation, it’s a nice way to show off what we and others stand for – equality for all. San Francisco, being one of the largest pride parades in the nation, will kick off on June 25th so these Chucks come just in time for the festivities.



 

Converse pride shoes

Not only are these styles fresh and bold, but they are a limited edition series so be sure to grab them while they are still available.

Grab your pair at one of the links below.

 

This is what Chuck Taylors are supposed to look like

So we’ve all heard about the “worn” look on any Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker, but how do you get that clean cut look that’s just enough rough and also looks great with your best pair of slacks?

The answer is hand-dying them. That’s what Tenue de Nimes does and you can get your very own pair.

This is by far the best look we’ve seen with the freshness of a new pair of shoes but the worn out look to show that your Chucks have character. The best part about it is that you can rough them up and add your own stories to these pari of beautiful sneaks, and the stylized colorations will remain.

We give these Chucks 10/10 for their beauty, artistic style, and it’s just a damn good story to say that your Chucks were hand dyed. But, with everything great in life, it comes with a hefty price tag.

Learn more at tenuedenimes.com

White atelier BY CONVERSE

Japanese Pop Up store White Atelier in the Harajuku, Shibuya district of Tokyo brings a fresh look to custom Chuck Taylors. Inside the shop you will see an array of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars and Chuck Taylor II shoe variations. Greeted by Japanese generosity, customers are invited to customize their Converse Chuck Taylor shows directly in the store.

 

Chuck Taylors

Let’s Talk About Joggers

Okay, first things first. Joggers, they’re here to stay. There are a lot of people that are putting down joggers, but we don’t feel that way.

Joggers go especially well with Chucks. Here’s how to do it:

Low Tops
If you are sporting the low tops, go with no show socks or no socks at all. This is the best way to show off your freedom of the wind flowing past your ankles. This works for both guys and adventerous girls.

High Tops
If you are wearing high tops, socks can be a bit longer since you probably won’t be catching a glimpse. Sport high tops, leathers, or Chuck Taylor II with your joggers. It gives you that rugged look and depending on the joggers you have, maybe even a bit of casual vs professional mixed in. Trust us, it works!

Go for it! And let us know how it looks by showing us some Twitter and Instagram love.