Category: Popular Culture

Buying Chuck Taylor Shoes on Zappos.com

Ever heard of Zappos.com? Zappos.com is a shoe and apparel website that was recently acquired by Amazon. However, their business structure is still operating as a separate entity from Amazon.com. Zappos is all about customer service and for each and every pair of shoes they sell online they have a video describing colors, look and feel, and sometimes a bit of culture about the shoe as well.

What’s different about Zappos is that you can order a pair of shoes, try them on, and send them back if you don’t like them – Zappos will cover all shipping costs. It’s a nice touch to the struggles of online shopping – especially for shoes.

Check out the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Mid review by Andrew at Zappos.com

The Early Life

There are many references to the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star shoe being ‘punk’. The term has many definitions but for Theo’s character in The Cosby Show, we can say it is a negative thing. Messy room, poor grades, not having a care in the world- what do the Chuck’s say about Theo’s character? They say that he’s got style.

Friday

In the 1995 film “Friday”, Chris Tucker as Smokey portrays a Los Angeles teenager hanging out with his buddy Craig. Smokey is sporting some Chucks throughout this day long adventure and yeah -he wears them clean. If you haven’t seen this film, be sure to check it out as it is one of the classics.

Check out Friday at IMDB

PF Flukes

Don’t get me wrong, I respect all shoes with decency. But PF Flyers, once a Converse Brand and now a New Balance brand, bother me. I mean, come on, some PF Flyers are complete rip offs of the original Chuck Taylors, yes revisions have been made but the idea exists.

Okay, now that I have got rid of some steam, I will direct you to the PF Flyers Wikipedia page. Interesting history for a shoe that is still in popular culture, and a respectful shoe at that. If there is one thing that bothers me about PF Flyers is the mentality behind the brand, people feel that their PF Flyers are more legit than Chucks, but perhaps I am mistaken.

I did run across a pretty dapper pair of Chucks the other day, check them out: