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I'm a big fan of Converse All Stars. I've had numerous pairs over the years and I will definitely continue to buy more. I much prefer the hi-top style (the baseball boot style) to the lo-top style (the trainer style), for me personally I think that the hi-tops give more support than the lo-tops. Another quirky reason that I prefer the hi-tops is that it actually doesn't matter what colour socks you wear with them, or even if your socks are a matching pair, or not, as you can't see them anyway!
Lots of places sell Converse All Stars; Office, Shuh, Amazon, House of Fraser etc. I normally buy mine from House of Fraser to get points on my recognition card, and I also tend to buy them on House of Fraser's 25% off days to save a little bit of money, or from Office as they normally always have some colours in the sale. Normally I'm not too bothered about the colour as long as it will go with most things; I've had khaki, charcoal, navy, red, and various patterned Converse that happened to be on sale. The regular price for the hi-top plain colours is £47.99, but you can usually pick up a pair in the sale for around £25.00.
We've just come back from a holiday to the US, and Converse are much cheaper over there. I picked up these Star print converse from a Converse store in an Outlet Mall for just $29.99 (plus tax). Mine are exactly the same star print as the Converse pictured above, just the opposite colourway. Mine are a blue background with white stars, as opposed to the white background with blue stars pictured. They are really quite a quirky and fun design, but not too over the top that they look odd. I bought these just a few days into our holiday, and actually wore them quite a lot on holiday. I even had a random comment from stranger in a hotel lift one day - she just said ''cool shoes!''
Converse All Stars are so comfortable, I can wear them all day and I can walk for miles and miles in them and my feet do not hurt at all. I practically live in mine, they are ideal for day to day wear, sightseeing on holidays, anything really. As they are a canvas upper I find that they are perfect for summer as they don't seem to make my feet as hot as trainers can do. However the opposite to this is that in winter if it's especially cold then I don't really find Converse to be warm enough for my feet. The rubber sole is really comfortable, however I don't find that it has an awful lot of grip in wet slippery conditions.
Sizing wise, I have wide (fat!) feet and I find that Converse fit me perfectly, I normally buy a size 5 in shoes and a size 5 in Converse fits me perfectly. I don't even try them on anymore when I buy them as I know that they will fit well. The hi-tops even fit around my chunky ankles!
My only issue with Converse is that they do not seem to last well, or to wear well. They do get shabby quite quickly - this bit I can live with as it adds to that lived in grungy look that really suits Converse. However, I do find that they do get to the point where they need replacing very quickly, they don't stand up to an awful lot of use. This may well just be me, maybe I'm actually just quite heavy footed! This certainly doesn't put me off them though, I just buy a new pair when they need replacing, they are reasonably priced anyway, and you can always get them on sale somewhere if you are not too bothered about your choice of colour.
I've knocked them down to 4 stars for the fact that they do need replacing fairly often, if not for that then they would get a resounding 5 stars from me.