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It was around 2-3 years ago when i had my first pair of Converse and since that day i can honestly say they are just the best! If your flat footed or not comfortable walking in heels or your feet just cant stand walking around it boots then converse are the trainers for you!
They're very comfortable and good for walking long distances, they come in all sorts of colors so no plain looking trainers like most trainers these days, they also are reliable and last for a decent amount of time even if you do wear them nearly everyday like i do.
The only thing that i have a problem about is that most places are quite expensive when coming to buying a pair of these trainers, I think some shops offer good deals if you do a multi buy on them but if not you'll be paying around £$0-£60 on them depending on which ones you'd like and depending on the size.
If like me, you're naturally flat footed, buying shoes can be a pain. A flimsy pair of pumps can potentially cause pain in as little as an hour of standing. I decided to splash out on a pair of shoes with a little more of a cushioned sole, so sought out a pair of Chucks.
The pair that I am specially reviewing today are white, tennis style (Oxford) converse that I have owned for 3 years. Not the hi-tops. However, as this will be focused on sole support, the two can most probably be interlinked.
If you're familiar with converse, you'll know that they are generally lace ups. These are good if like me, you have narrow feet, and also if you are wider. The laces are long, allowing you to successfully manage a double knot. The aglets have lasted in all the time that I've owned them.
So, I was working on my feet recently for around 4 hour shifts at the time. After experimenting with a variety of shoes (chelsea boots, pumps, trainers) the Converse were the most noticeably supportive. The toe support came in surprisingly useful to guard against the dreaded toe-stub, and the sole felt flexible and complimented my navigation at work. The soles are rubber, seemingly shock resistant, and well cushioned. In my experience, the shoes seem breathable and ventilation isn't compromised - no sweaty socks!
Weather-wise, as you'd expect with any canvas shoe, you shouldn't splash in muddy puddles with them. Allegedly, a coat of water-proofing spray can do wonders for this, but it is not something I have pursued myself. I have used my Converse in the snow however, and I find that the insulation is adequate for a good while with a fluffy pair of socks, especially with the shoes 'toe caps' (but always wear proper, protective footwear if planning to spend all day in minus temperatures).
In 3 years of wear, the condition of these shoes are still near-perfect and have great resale value after a wash. Therefore, I would wholeheartedly recommend them as a decent utility shoe.
I've owned numerous pairs of Converse pumps over the past couple of years with my most recent being the Blue/White Allstars Converse. Now; I'm not normally a trainer wearing kind of girl but the Converse pumps suit my style perfectly. Slim, small and versatile to each individuals personal taste.
I definitely wouldn't say that these are a training shoe, more of a style pump kind of shoe In my opinion.
Converse started out as a shoe company in the USA that started in the early 20th century as a manufacturer of rubber soled footwear. Over the past year or so Converse as ventured out to the Converse brand clothing range.
The Converse pumps come in a range of different colours and styles and you can either choose hi-tops or low-tops. The pumps are made of a fabric canvas with a rubber sole. All of my Converse pumps which have been bought over the past few years or so are still going strong and as of yet there's no sign of any wear or tears so these are definitely hard wearing and last the distance.
When I first started wearing my pumps I fully admit that they were not the comfiest of footwear, they took some breaking In and from trial and error I would definitely recommend getting the size up to your normal shoe size as I found that my normal shoe size in these were too tight on my toes and started rubbing at my heels. Once wearing them a good few amount of times I felt that the fabric did soften up and fitted my foot perfectly.
You can buy Converse from a wide variety of High Street Stores; JD Sports, Footlocker, Office and Schuh are to name a few. These range from £40.00 - £60.00 In Adult sizes.
4/5 Star rating.
I have constantly had my feet in a pair of All Star Converses since I was 13 and I am nearly 20 now and feel a bit odd when wearing a different shoe! My first pair were the classic pink hi tops, which I wore until they literally fell apart, the white rubber was splitting down the sides where my toes bend, the All Star logo on the back heel was almost completely worn away and there were many, many holes. The only reason I stopped wearing them was because a hole at the back got caught and pretty much ripped the entire canvas part from the rest of shoe. However this did take 2 or 3 years to happen and after being worn almost everyday I think I definitely got my moneys worth.
I have since owned one more pair of hi tops (yellow) and have gone through three pairs of lo tops (black, green and entirely black for school wear ) and am now on my fourth pair (aqua blue) and desperately in a need of a new pair ...or three. The reason I moved onto lo tops was because with hi tops I found after a while the canvas part around the ankle became very flimsy and difficult to put on sometimes and the lo tops offer more support in the back, they also seem to last longer. I also think lo tops look better when wearing shorts/skirts for the summer time as hi tops tend to make my legs look even shorter than they are and look much better on people with long legs, although jeans will always be my first choice! Lastly the toe shape looks rounder to me on lo tops which I find more aesetically pleasing whereas the toes on hi tops look a bit more pointed, this might just be me though. :s
Many high street stores have tried to create their own converse lookalike shoe design but none of them ever compare, even when costing over 75% less. Converse have a very distinct look, the rubber and canvas used and even the sole is unique but above all it's that logo at the back of the heel that makes them stand out most. I am not a brand clothes obsessed person, (the only branded clothes items I own are a pair of Vans and one Hollister hooded top which was a gift) but there is something much better about All Star Converse compared to these other shoes, the shape, comfort and overall quality. I know this first hand because I bought a cheap dotted pair from New Look to wear to my year 8 prom and it did not feel the same at all.
I can barely think of any downsides to converse except that they aren't entirely waterproof (unless you buy a specifically waterproof pair) and they won't keep their colour after being through the washing machine as I found out when my mum secretly washed my first pink pair. Converse probably aren't the healthiest shoes to wear either because they are so flat, I personally find them to be extremely comfortable though but not for the first week of wear as you need to break them in. Also some people might call them overrated (or call them clown shoes like my dad does) and see too many people wearing them which puts them off but there are loads of people out there wearing the same shoe, Converse are just a classic and never get old!
Other reasons I love converse include the huge range of colours, patterns and special limited edition patterns they have created. They also have many different variations of the actual shoes design such as double/triple/quadruple tongue or double canvas ones, ones that lace up to your knees and you can even design your own unique pair on their website for a higher cost. I love the little rubber toe caps too because with my first two pairs, being the creative artist I am, I drew doodles and patterns on them in biros and sharpies which made them feel even more unique! They can be worn with anything you wear, especially the lo tops, they can be worn really casual or can look really alternative as part of a really dressed up look and they never go out of fashion. I also find that in other shoes my feet get quite hot and smell after a while but my feet always feel clean and not overly sweaty in Converses, I'm guessing this is probably due to the canvas and two small holes in the inside of the foot.
Obviously I may seem a liiiittle biased but I honesty think Converse are the best shoes out there and everyone needs a pair in their wardrobe. Converse were the first brand name trainers I owned other than a pair of naff Reeboks I had to wear for PE lessons. Back then they only cost £30 and in recent years there's not many places you can buy them first hand for less than £38, unless you have the help of a student discount (which I do, yay). Knowing how long they last though I think this price is still definitely worth it.
I do like Converse shoes, I own three pairs of hi-tops. They go with a lot of outfits and generally they last a decent amount of time.
Beware of the wearing heels though. After asking a few people, I know I'm not the only one experiencing this problem. After owning my second pair for about 6 months, a huge hole had worn in the fabric on the heel inside the shoe - not what I'd expect from a 'quality' brand after 6 months. This also happened to my third pair. I thought it was the way I walked that caused it but a few other people I've spoken to have experienced the same thing.
I do love my Converse, they're very comfortable and so versatile. I'd also point out the the outside of the shoe wears very well, but I just think that for £37 I'd expect them to last a bit longer than 6 months, especially when I don't wear them to death.
There's a huge choice of colours now, and a few different styles. I prefer the hi-tops as I find them more comfortable because they feel more secure. The lower styles are very low at the back which I don't really like.
I bought a pair of black and white hi-tops around 4 years ago, and although a little battered they are still perfectly usable, and still as comfy as ever. I have recently bought a navy and white pair of hi-tops which are just as good as the black ones were.
These shoes need a little breaking in, particularly if you are not used to wearing shoes that cover your ankles. Those with wide feet may find it difficult to adjust the shoes to fit your feet correctly, they can often feel a little tight around the toes, but I have always found if I loosen the laces significantly and then adjust them to my feet once in the shoes that they fit perfectly.
Once broken in these are the comfiest shoes I own, and they always go well with whatever I am wearing.
A downside to these shoes are that if it rains your feet will get wet - and once your feet are wet in these shoes they will rub and it gets uncomfortable - so check the weather forecast!!
I would highly recommend converse shoes to anyone, they come in a range of styles, including hi and low tops, and a fluffy style shoe has also recently come out in time for the winter.
I have three pairs of converse and I have had one pair for about five years (I should probably get some new ones). I have the all black ones, the black and white ones and the pink ones. About five years ago It was difficult to find them in UK shops as they are an American basketball sports sneaker, that was first made in America in 1947.
I bought my first pair from Jd (which still sell them), then I bought the other two pairs from next. They are very very durable - I have had the black and white ones for about five years and they have always wore them so they are pretty resilient, especially compared to other trainers/sneakers on the market.
They are also really nice to walk in, they don't rub or anything. They also have these two holes at each side with allows air in, but my feet don't get wet in the rain... Intriguing. They also come in so many different colours from the original black and white to leather ones, ones with stars on and low top and high top ones. I have three high top one which are sneakers which go past your ankle. The low top ones are just like normal trainers.
They are made of a canvas material on top and the front and bottom of the shoe is made of rubber. Also where the laces go in and where the air holes are at the side there are metal circle hole things (Im not sure what to call them).
The come in so many different colours and also sizes, as you can get adult sizes, kids sizes and also I think you can get baby converse. They are not very expensive, as the adult ones are about £30 to £40 and the kids are £20 to £30. And they are very good value for money as they last forever!
They are sold in a range of shoe shops and online, for example, in JD, Next, Schuh and Office.
*Good value for money
*They are very durable and they last ages
*They come in so many different colours
*They also come in adult, kids and baby sizes
*They are comfortable
*They made high tops and low ones
*They are available in many shoe shops
*And most importantly the look very cool (In a skateboard cool kind of way)
Thank you for reading my review
I am fairly new to the converse revolution but am a full convert. I have always loved the look of converse and last year I finally got my first pair.
I mainly bought themas they are covered in blue sequins and are the most beautiful trainers I have ever owned, but they are actually really comfortable too.
If you are considering buying a pair of converse and you're not sure what size to go for (I'm a 4 1/2 so it's always tricky to choose) I would say go smaller. So if like me you are a half size go down a half size, I would always go for a 4 in converse.
I would say that most converse trainers range from £19.99 to £40.00 so they aren't massively expensive and they do often go on sale in some places and on some certain websites. Rubbersole.com is a great website for getting converse from.
The best thing about converse is the wide range of colours and patterns available, there is something fpr everyone out there. whether you like plain or crazy patterns they will have something for all tastes.
Not only do these trainers come in crazy patterns and colours, they are also very comfortable. I find them really easy to walk in and they don't rub at all. They can be a bit stiff the first couple of times that you wear them, but they soon soften up.
I like the pumps the best but they do have a range of colours and styles in the boot shape that is also extremely popular. The only thing I would say about these trainers is that they are not the type you will want to get dirty, they are more of a style trainer than a practical one, but I think most people that wear them do so becausre they are stylish not because they are trainers.
I think these trainers are great quality and will last ages, and I love showing my sparkly ones off, I can't wait to up my collection (hopefully some dooyoo points will contribute towards them). They are really stylish and come in a great range of colours and patterns. I am a massive fan.
Converse trainers are everywhere now. Every second person seems to be wearing them. Goodness, even the last Doctor Who wore them, so they must be good!
Personally, these are the only trainers I will even consider wearing.
Converted to Converse hi-tops a few years ago, I am now wearing the Converse Chuck Taylor's, in a multi-coloured arrangement. They are comfortable, hard-wearing and reliable as can be. My last pair lasted me almost nine months, and that was wearing them almost every day.
I love the fact that there is such a variation of designs too - from your usual bright colours, to the new celebrity-designed ranges that are starting to pop up on various fashionista websites. These mean that wearing Converse can still be an individual thing - we're not all wearing the same design anymore.
Another bonus with Converse trainers too, is the very normal price-tag. They are priced reasonably, so everyone can afford them - even kids/teenagers who always say they have no money (but in reality have more than the rest of us!). Averaging at £30-£35 for the Chuck Taylor's and £35-£45 for the hi-tops, they are affordable quality trainers.
And that is why we love them so so much!
I have been wearing these shoes for about 4 years, I have always had trouble finding shoes to fit having wide but tiny feet but I found that buying these a couple of sizes too big They fit quite well pulled in, also have the bonus of if any one stands on the end of my shoe there is no foot there!
I have found them really comfortable when a insole with a instep is put in side. The high sides also provide some protection for ankles, they support, not very much but I have found it helps wearing low tops they hurt really badly.
They do work just about any place, save 6 inch deep mud, but after a good wash they came around again, that's another thing they are washable I don't put them in the washing machine put under a tap with a cloth and they come clean easily but stay wet ages they are not very water proof.
My pairs last a good few years of constant wear. The shoes come in so many different colours there is something for everyone! My favorite being ones with sheep on one of the designs released as a special edition as they do most years.
The basic shoes are available in various high street stores and online retailers such as office and Amazon.
I'm going to focus on reviewing the thing for which Converse is famous: the Chuck Taylor canvas trainers. I think that the thing which made these the trainer of choice was that it was a strong basic design with a lot of scope for artistic embellishment. It is, as such, the trainer that you're most likely to find in a range of bright colours or with interesting prints and graphic designs on. The Chuck Taylors are also reasonably priced unless you're buying special editions with of course cost more.
Whilst its a comfortable choice of footwear, being canvas, its not the most practical choice in wet weather and they do wear quite badly. I will say that it takes a good year of heavy usage to get the structure to start wearing a lot but when it does start, they essentially fall apart from the inside and can't be used at all. Some of my converses are ripped at the back and the lining is torn all the way around. However, they're still good value and durable for the price, considering that I did wear them pretty much everyday and probably didn't take the best care of them. The interesting thing about Converses is that they're about the only shoe that look normal when scruffy. With other trainers you worry about changing the laces or cleaning of the scuff marks but Converses almost seem more appropriate if messy which is great if you don't want a high maintenance shoe. They are the ultimate middle ground for those who don't want to wear chunky trainers but don't want to wear formal shoes. In my opinion they're a great casual shoe that you can through on at any time.
I have been wearing Converse since I started Secondary School. I picked up a pair of Jack Purcels in a shop for £5 and that's where my love for Converse began. I liked the Jack Purcel style but soon moved on to the classic All Star Hi-tops. The first pair I got were black so that they would go with everything but soon bought several different colours. Converse now have such a great range of designs and colours to suit everyone! Some of my All Stars I have now had for 7-8 years and are still going! They are durable and well made. Some of my older ones are now so comfy they feel like walking about in slippers! I wear them everyday for work and go with a lot of things.
I particularly like the Converse All Stars as they are quite narrow and I have narrow feet so they fit me really well. You can also get the All Star style in low tops which look really good with shorts/skirts.
The Converse All-Stars have always been popular but never so much as recent years and rightly so! They are fashionable, practical and comfortable. Also they are affordable making them a great choice of footwear.
I started wearing Converse stuff at about the age of mid teens, in particular Converse All Stars and Chuck Taylors.
They are a American born retailer of trainers, bags and rucksacks and selected sportswear eg hoodies.
History of Converse=
Marquis Mills Converse started the Converse Rubber Shoe Company (also known as the Boston Rubber Shoe Company) in 1908, and the factory was located in Massachusetts. The company was a rubber shoe manufacturer, surprisingly enough providing rubber soled footwear. In 1915 that the company began manufacturing athletic shoes for tennis. Converse All-Star basketball shoe was introduced in 1917, and 1921, a basketball player named Charles "Chuck" Taylor walked into the Converse premises complaining of sore feet. Converse gave him a job. In 1923 his signature was added to the now famous Converse Chuck Taylor trainer which are a world recognised shoe and widely worn by men women and children!!
Converse shoes are an institution and I will review the popular Chuck Taylor boot as I imagine this is the most popular item which is synonymous with the Converse brand.
The trainers are supplied in brown boxes with flip lids and trainers are in tissue, a keyring is often supplied within the box.
There is a high top and low top boot, the low top is cut just below the ankle and the high top is an ankle boot.
They are available in many different colour combinations, I have had black, red, blue, flames, stars and countless other funky pairs of high tops.
The laces are mostly white in these shoes and can either be criss crossed or straight across depending how you do them up!!
There is a logo on the heel of the rubber sole facing out, a patch on the outer side of each shoe with the famous all star logo and a logo on the tongue of the shoe.
The shoe in main is made out of thinnish canvas with a rubber sole and toe piece. Metal eyelets hold the laces in place.
Never need wearing in and I find are true to size. Extremely comfortable for maybe half a days wear, I tend to find my feet ache a bit due to the not particularly think or springy sole, they feel like a typical flat shoe with no real give to the sole. Laces never come undone and can be tucked away if you want to take them off show.
Unfortunately the lifespan of these shoes will be about 8 months with regular use, I get mine absolutely battered and they are still wearable in summer but if they are damaged forget wearing them in the rain as your feet will suffer for it.
I loved my beaten up old shoes, the red ones I wore almost everyday with the sole almost hanging off mainly because I could not bear to part with them!!
They can be found from between £20 and £30, from most major shoe retailers and a thoroughly recommended purchase, albeit best worn in drier weather.
I've have had so many pairs of Converse All Stars in my life. I love them their timeless, simple, effortless design. I think I've had 7 pairs that I can remember and they really are the most comfortable trainers I have ever owned!
Converse is an American brand and is hugely popular over there. A basketball player called Chuck Taylor started wearing the All Stars in 1917 and he has helped the trainer rise to it's now iconic status. The badge on the side of the trainers even has Chuck Taylors signature on it.
Converse All Stars come in so many different colours and patterns that you can always find a design to represent yourself! When I buy a special design I very, very rarely see anyone else wearing them which makes the trainer individual to me.
You just can't go wrong with Converse All Stars. You can wear them all day long and you won't even notice. The only slight complaint I would have about them is that they only ever seem to last me 6 - 8 months at a time. But then again, when I get a new pair, I seem to wear them for most of the day, every day, for about 6 months!!! I guess I get my money's worth! A pair usually costs about £35 - £45 but more limited pairs can cost a bit more.
Thinking about it, the pair I have on at the moment are about 8 months old and are on their last legs...so... I'd better go buy some more tomorrow! Haha
Converse (or Cons, as they're known on the street) just bring back nostalgia from my early teen years when they were the shoe of choice for every rocker/punk/emo kid in school.
They come in a range of colours (black, neon blue, purple, pink, white ... you get the idea) patterns, hi or low tops and even with a single or double tongue. There really isnt much Converse haven't created and they are still releasing new editions every year.
There have been colaborations with such artists such as ACDC, Pink Floyd and The Who. These limited editions are more expensive but definetly worth every penny.
They are stocked for Men, Women and Children, which means the whole family can be involved.
My personal favourite are a pair of apple green Chuck Taylor All Stars. Although worn down (which many would argue are the way Cons should be worn), they still look great and manage to, still after having them for 2 plus years to be as comfy as I first got them.
Another pair to watch out for are a grey Tweed version which are much warmer than normal Converse (which are basically a canvas and rubber mix) so they are ideal for Autumn/Winter.
A great place to purchase Converse would be online at cloggs.co.uk who do special discount deals now and again or Justconverse.co.uk which offers free shipping in the Uk. They are also available in shoe stores such as schuh and sole trader.