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
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.
Check out these Chucks and more at www.converse.com
Have you ever had to pick up a friend but was not sure of their exact location? How about on the other end of the spectrum where you’re being picked up by a friend but don’t know exactly where they’re at? There is a new app that just launched in Canada that is helping you do exactly that – know where your friends are at.
Pre lets you see exactly where your friends are – but not in a creepy way. Other apps always share your location or make it confusing to share your destination. Pre conveniently lets you send your close friends and family a destination and bonus: it has emojis 🎉.
You can check out Pre on the iOS app store. Looks like the app is currently launched in Canada. Be sure to snap photos of your Chuck Taylor sightings using the app! #chuckspotting
Download the Pre App Here
Black Friday has always been an insane shopping day. Both for consumers and retail sales numbers. Fortunately a lot of the sales have transitioned online, although over 95% of purchases are still done in physical retail stores.
Shoe shopping has been revolutionized by websites such as Zappos and 6PM, both of which are owned by Amazon. What does this mean for your favorite Chuck Taylor shoe? Well, fortunately sizing across the globe is standardized for the Converse Chuck Taylor so a size 8 US will always match a size 8 US. This makes shopping online a lot easier.
Currently, Macy’s has the top Chuck Taylor Black Friday deals. Check them out while there is stil time:
Macy’s Black Friday Sale
Chuck Taylor Fulton is out with new styles. The classic rubber sole with a modern sneaker look and a pull tab for the heel. The Chuck Taylor Fulton is a clean cut look on a classic sneaker.
The Fulton is currently on display at select Converse stores around the world. What makes these sneakers super fresh is the stylistic pattern on the side with a Converse fit but modern look.
In 2014 Converse filed a Trademark for certain aspects of the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe design. Among other design elements, this included the stripe through the sole and aspects of the rubber toe cap, and toe bumper.
Based on the result of a ruling from 18 July 2016, the lawsuits of over 30 different shoe manufacturers has been dropped as the Trademark infringement cases did not go through.
What does this mean? Converse has less power to fight other brands from creating shoes similar to the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.
Does this mean that more shoes will come out like the Chuck Taylor All Star? Not likely, the shoe has been replicated in many ways by many different brands. And remember, you can always spot authentic chucks by the “ALL STAR” printed on the heel.