Every once in a while I am walking down the street and I see a teenager, middle-age man, or even senior citizen taking a stroll on the same road. The thing they all may have in common? They are wearing Chucks.
Chuck Taylor shoes have lasted generations. Now, we can safely say that the selfie generation, millennials, baby boomers and beyond appreciate the simplicity of the Chuck Taylor shoe. I am currently sporting a pair of all black low tops.
What makes these shoes so classic? What makes these shoes so lovable? The price point has been reasonable for the longest time. The shoes look great when they are fresh or even scuffed up. They last until they literally don’t last anymore, and even them I’ve seen people wear the Chucks with duct tape holding them together. Usually that fits the teenage demographic.
Whats more, the clothing styles that these generations have sequestered always fit with the Chuck Taylor shoe. Although it’s not a “buy it for life” type of product. It’s definitely a “wear it for life” type of product. Few things can be considered as classic as the Chuck Taylor Shoe. Fewer things can be even considered as cool as the Chuck Taylor shoe. The Zippo lighter comes to mind.
So, for the love Chucks. If you have a Chuck Taylor story you would like to share with us, send us a tweet at @Chuckverse and share your story.
Since the release of the Chuck Taylor II, we are seeing a lot of exciting collaborations and stylistic changes and updates in the new version of the shoe. Very exciting! Recently they announced a new neon set of the Chuck Taylor II. The colors are bright and very spring-like, perfect for the transition to summer and also getting them a bit roughed up in the mud!
We are a big fan of the neon color especially for its release date around this time. This goes to show that Converse is willing to stay true to the classics but also jump away from the original colors and perhaps bring out some additional variations of styling in addition to the color in the future. We would love to see a Slim version of the Chuck Taylor II, but one can only hope!
It’s not often that we go about posting shoes that are not Chuck Taylors. In fact, its extremely rare for us to post anything other than Converse and Nike news, shoes, and updates. However, we would be amiss not to add a beautiful shot of the Adidas Yeezy Boost side by side black vs white comparison we spotted on Reddit.
Some of the most popular shoes of the decade, we have seen many folks stand in long lines to obtain varieties of these shoes. We thought this shot that was submitted by a reddit user deserved spotlight on our blog.
Check out the reddit post by Yes_Man__ here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Sneakers/comments/7mn1cr/a_song_of_ice_and_fire/
Remember that Adidas was the number one competitor to Nike when the company was just starting out. With that being said, the duel between Nike and Adidas, although likely to be forever lasting, was not related to our beloved Converse brand. The Converse brand was picked up by Nike in the early 2000s.
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.
We all know that Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are a popular choice for wedding. Cutesy weddings, hipster weddings, casual weddings. All types of weddings. Really though, a pair of nice clean Chucks go REALLY well with a fitted suit.
Converse took note of this, so far as creating an entire category for “Wedding Shoes” on their site.
Walk down the aisle in style with a pair of Converse wedding shoes. Constructed with the latest and most innovative shoe technologies, all wedding Converse are built for all day wear, which means you can dance late into your wedding night in complete comfort. Whether you’re looking to dress the bride, groom, flower girl, groomsmen or the entire bridal party, Converse has the best selection of wedding shoes for your big day celebrations.
Well, we agree with some of the classic takes they have. And, of course the feature that allows you to customize the Chucks are also a great way to color match your suit or dress. We’ve seen quite a bit of Chuck Taylor wedding’s since we started covering Chucks in 2010 and we are super excited to see a lot more. ?
Okay, let’s face it. Technology is changing and that means that we are seeing a lot of new styles when it comes to fashion and especially shoes. Outside of health benefits and ergonomics (I mean, the Chuck Taylors are super comfortable #amiright) we are seeing a lot of design changes.
TeenVogue reports on the new collection from Converse x Nike where they use the Flyknit fabrics and design styles on the Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker. Sure, it’s not the standard canvas but do these look sweet. Plus, I bet they breathe really nicely which is great for Chucks.
They have the Toe Bumper, Stripe, and the insole of the Converse Chuck Taylor II so there is no doubt these will be some comfy sneakers.