Chuck Taylor All Star Jeff

My name is Jeff. I grew up in Chicago. I now live in Nashville, TN, where I’m a songwriter and record producer. I like good coffee, great restaurants, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, anything F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, and the Beatles. I like all that. However, I am madly in love with my Converse Chuck Taylor shoes.

Right now, I own 5 pairs that I rotate between. I want 7…one for each day of the week. I think I have 3 or 4 additional pairs in “worn too much/beat to death” retirement. I wear them all the time. On stage, in the studio, at a bar, on a date…wherever. If you meet me, there’s a 96.8% chance I’m wearing Chucks. If I’m not, I’m also probably wearing a suit and tie, and wishing I was instead wearing a pair of my favorite shoes.

Chuck Taylor’s are both completely classic and completely modern. They tie you to the past, yet you can still write your own story in them. You want to channel Pistol Pete Maravich on the basketball court in the 60s? Chucks. Are you a Silverlake hipster rocking skinny jeans? Better have Chucks. Want to be hip hop? Yep…Chucks are there too. Are you the introspective songwriter type? You know it…Chucks. Want to find a way to express your own individual fashion ideal within a context our culture has known and loved for 50 years? It’s Chucks.

Just like the guitar, Chucks will never go out of style, they will never not be cool. If you don’t have a pair, slap yourself and get one. If you do have a pair, get another. How many pairs is too many? I don’t even understand that question.

Meanwhile, I’ll be in Nashville trying to write a great song and drinking coffee from Crema. Perhaps I’ll see you there.

Check out Jeff’s Twitter Page @jeffpardo

Classics by Default

The iPhone application Instagram ( allows users to share photos through a social network. The application has filters that manipulate photos and make them look extraordinary and out of this world. Chuckverse spotted this unique app after noticing the Chuck Taylor-esque sneakers used as a default photo for their filter examples.

While we charge our iPhone, check out the Instagram app and start sharing your Chuck Taylor pics! Be sure to stop by the Chuckverse Instagram profile. Celebrity Profile: DJ B-Lord

DJ B-Lord (aka. Middle finger man), the radio, club, and mixtape DJ of South Carolina has acquired an impressive collection of over 50 chuck taylors including several custom pairs. One of his favorites are some Jackass Chucks, and he shows his patriotism with red, white, and blue Obama Chucks. “I live in the clubs….I love to party….and ya damn right…….I love Chuck Taylors” says B-Lord.

Collecting  chucks has become his hobby since playing music became a full time job.  He discovered their charm in 2001 when he was in LA for a video shoot with NC rapper Petey Pablo.  B-Lord admitted “that LA culture kinda rubbed off on me..that’s when i first seen Chuck Taylors everywhere like that” everyone in SC was still rockin Jordons and A1’s back then.

“Chucks just kinda signify a laid back…cool type of lifestyle” says B-Lord.  He points out that the right girl can really pull of the chucked look, but “they ain’t for every girl………only the cool chicks”.

He wears his chucks clean, but they don’t necessarily stay that way, “If my Chucks could talk it would be plenty of crazy stories they would tell…….but they can’t”.  B-Lord’s secrets don’t stop with the stories, when asked about his custom chucks he left us hanging, “Let’s just say I got a great “connect” that helps to keep me fresh with the embroidery” he said.

DJ B-Lord would like to give a special shout out to all his SC folks! “I appreciate and love yall for all the support yall give me!  And thanks to for the interview!”

For the latest on DJ B-Lord check out Karolina South.

The Well Taylor’ed Groom

We all have friends that substitute black on black Converse Chuck Taylors for dress shoes, did you ever think someone would sport Chuck Taylors at their wedding?

Alana and Brandon of Los Angeles tied the knot in October of 2008. Their traditional American wedding had something very non traditional about it. The groom and all his groomsmen were fitted with original low top Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. With the groomsmen looking dapper as can be, the Chuck Taylors were said to be “very typical of the groom”.

The choice of shoes was an interesting twist to the wedding and showed true dedication to the Chuck Taylor culture from a couple that met on a plane.

Special shout out to Photographer Tyler Schmitt of The Mill Photo Studio

“Get Chucked” all over again

Converse John Varvatos All Star Leather Hi Top

Price: $100-$145
Level of comfort: 3/5
Style Friendly: 4/5
Unisex? Yes

John Varvatos released a shoe line in collaboration with Converse and the Chuck Taylor model was redesigned among many other styles. Along with the newly released models, Converse promoted the “Get Chucked” campaign through a series of casual scenes contrasted and tied together with suggestive provocative scenes. is asking Chuck Taylor fans out there to take another look into the “Get Chucked” release for the 2010 Holiday Season.

Chuck Taylor Classics never die.

Converse John Varvatos All Star Leather Hi Top