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In my house we have several pairs of Converse All-Star Hi tops. My husband has Khaki green size 11s, I have lilac size 4s, My son (4) has royal blue size 9 (junior), and my toddler has just grown out of her teeny size 5 (infant) ones. They have all been comparable in quality, style, durability etc.
My husband loves his Converse, and says they fit very comfortably, except that when worn for a long time the hi tops can hurt his ankle a bit.
Mine have always been uncomfortable, rubbing my toes, despite the fact that there is room at the toes and that I am always a size 4 and find it easy to find comfy shoes. If I bought them again, I would try sizing up, but when I tried them in a 5 the shop they felt a bit clown-like - not a good feel. Maybe they are just not for me - as they are canvas with a rubber toe, there is no give so if they hurt at the start in my experience they will always hurt.
My son's fit great - they have a bit of growing room, and he can happily wear them for hours of play / walking. My daughter's toddler ones were great too, and provided good support for her ankles when in the first years of walking.
They have a reasonable rubber grip, which is great for day to day use / light sports but less substantial than classic trainers. The main problem in the UK is that they are no good in the rain, and there is often a chance of this. They get soaked through, and your feet get wet and cold. They also pick up the dirt quite a bit on the fabric. Some people machine wash them, but I find this makes the logo come off and knackers the belt of your machine.
They do take a bit of a long time to put on, as you have to loosen the laces around the ankle each time. Once on, they are practical for kids, but they are a right pain to get on / off if they can't do it themselves. I might try the zip-side ones next time, but I do prefer the look of these ones.
They are great for durability. Over a long period (years of on/off use) they have worn down a bit on the sole at the back, where the All star logoing is in the rubber. They are never far out of fashion, so I find your can pull them out year after year.
Overall, as long as you are happy with the fit / comfort when you first buy them, they are a long-lasting fashion trainer for dry weather that can be worn by any age group and in a wide variety of styles.
I am a big converse fan and now that the snow seems to have eased off a bit they are making a lovely comeback on my feet :) I have this All Star Hi top pair in black.
They have a thick rubber sole, which has a lot of grip and is great with the current wet weather we have and so they are really versatile. The upper is made of a canvas material which although reasonably thick and good quality, it means these shoes aren't waterproof. Sadly they also do nothing for keeping the heat in so if you insist on wearing them in winter I always ensure to have on tights and socks.
Nevertheless these Converses are so timeless as I have been rocking them for a good 6 + years now (not the same pair of course!) as they are actually really comfortable, trainer type shoes that can be worn every day and although they look quite sporty they can be mixed and matched to wear with skirts and trousers etc. I wear mine with skinny jeans as they are really versatile and make me look quite trendy when I'm having a busy day running around doing errands. They are laced up so means they can be tightened to comfort to give the shoe more support. Likewise, being a hi-top means this shoe covers my ankles and gives me more support, which is great.
Size wise these are quite accurate as I am a general size 5/EUR 38 and I have this exact size. For the price though, I don't think its reasonable as I have paid double for shoes that didn't last half as long and I had these black high tops for over 3 years.
Another small niggle with converses is that as a brand new pair they rub in my heel something rotten. I overcome this by getting my sister who is 2 shoe sizes larger than me to wear them in for 10 minutes and this makes them a lot better in no time and afterwards they are as comfortable as ever so anyone hoping to buy a pair...so keep in mind that you do have to break them in!
Overall, I would definitely recommend converses as they are comfortable and stylish, pretty cheap and really timeless, so I am sure in years to come I will be still be wearing these!