Category: Shoes

Black Friday 2017

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

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.

New Balance Wins Case Against Converse and Chuck Taylor Design

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.

 

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.

 

Chuck Taylor II in Neon

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!

 

Converse in Retail

We have seen Converse to continue to expand it’s retail footprint over the year. The brand is doing a great job at keeping flagship stores alive and expanding into other branches of retail as well. The flagship stores in areas such as Chicago and San Francisco have gone above and beyond to integrate new technologies and retail practices into their stores. The San Francisco retail store for example, had a custom screen printing shop directly in the store for customers to print on t-shirts or even Chuck Taylors.

The retail presence continue to expand in outlet malls throughout the US and also in the department stores. We look forward to see Converse do new and exciting things in the retail store environment and the brand continues to grow.

Many brands that spread to mass market retail often times face hardships with the brand being tarnished. We see this example in retail brands such as FUBU or Fila, brands that are extremely popular outside the United States but has lost brand value within the US. Converse has maintained a strong brand presence in both the US and global markets as their retail presence continues to grow.