Newest Review: ... footed or not comfortable walking in heels or your feet just cant stand walking around it boots then converse are the trainers for you! T... more
An Allstar Rating For An Allstar Product
Member Name: cazkins
Advantages: Comfortable, trendy, suitable for everyday & sports wear, variety of styles
Disadvantages: Susceptable to rain & can start showing signs of wear and tear (mainly tear) after long-term use
Converse is an American brand that most famously produces the All Star sneakers. Originally developed in 1908, Converse have since developed and expanded their range to include a clothing line and have gained worldwide popularity. The sneakers included Chuck Taylor in their brand name after a basket ball player, Charles Taylor, sparked & promoted the product. Originally designed for the basketball and sport consumers, Converse now appeals to many ages for many reasons. Over the last 20 years or so Converse has gained recognition as an infamous fashion trend in the UK. Speaking for myself, I love Converse pumps and own 5 pairs because I think they're so great!
Because Converse is now so popular they're readily available in high street shops, but I find the range online to be much more varied. As far as the 'sneakers' are concerned, you can get different styles such as lo-tops, hi-tops & knee-high, and a great diversity of designs. Price can vary but are usually around £25-35. You can't miss a genuine Chuck Taylor because the All Star logo features on the back of the rubber sole and is also stitched to the tongue. The hi-tops also have the star logo on the ankle. I'm not one for branded clothing though so this doesn't really bother me so much. (If you're similar to me, there are also cheaper copycat versions available but they wont be as funky or comfy as these!)
I think so many people own converse because they're not just trendy, they're very comfortable. Chuck Taylors have a strong rubber sole and are designed to cushion your feet from too much impact. They have a rubber toe top which helps protect the main material which is canvas (Converse also offer leather and suede versions). I find these shoes extremely comfortable and squidgy, plus the soles have a good grip so they're not slippy. Although the canvas material is supple and mold with your feet more so than rigid leather trainers do, they are more susceptable to the weather. When it rains the moisture does soak through (and also seeps through the metal-ringed holes on the outside). There is a rubber lining between the canvas and the rubber sole which keeps the shoe in better condition throughout wear, but that doesn't mean they'll stay in prestine condition for long. Most of mine now have rips in where the canvas has come away from the rubber, but this hasn't stopped me from buying these. I wouldn't spend more than £35 for a pair which is why I look out for deals, and there are plenty to be found online.
Although I said I'm not one for branded clothing, I think I make an exception for Converse. They're comfortable, you can walk miles in them, do sports, and yet they go with everyday clothes too so I get a lot of wear out of mine! The variety of colours, styles and patterns is fantastic, so they definitely get a thumbs up from me despite the effects of long-term wear on them and the price.
Summary: Converse are my number 1 choice of casual shoes