Product Type: Converse Hunter Original
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Must haves for everyone
Converse All Star Trainers
Member Name: -becky-
Converse All Star Trainers
Advantages: Look good, versatile, comfortable
Disadvantages: Price, cold feet!!
Converse have been a very popular trainer brand (or sneaker, whatever you want to call them) for a long while now, and I only joined the hype a last January with my first and only pair of white Converse low tops. You can also get the hi top version like the picture shown above, but I've never been keen on those and thought the low tops in white would go with so many more outfits.
The trainers in all colours are very versatile to wear, you can get away with wearing them with literally everything: jeans/leggings/shorts/skirts and they look great. I even know somebody that wore a pair of Converse with her prom dress... maybe that was a little extreme! They come in a very wide choice of colours and the range is always expanding with new designs and styles to fit in with current trends. Some of them have several 'tongues' (the flap on the front) which is quite good if you're looking for something different as no other trainer brands make things like that. You also have the opportunity to design your own on the Converse website at an extra cost, so you can make them unique to you and even add writing to them. I've considered doing this but haven't done yet so I can't comment on the service.
The price of Converse often varies depending on where you buy them from, as I bought mine over a year ago I think they were around £35 from Office whereas now they can cost you around £40 upwards. They are widely available from shops such as Office, Shuch (both online and in store) or the Converse website. Sometimes they can be found on offer, and of course if you have student discount that's a bonus. The Converse brand do such a wide variety of trainers for you to pick from and they're unisex, you really won't be disappointed, there is something for everyone.
My Converse are basically white canvas shoes with a rubber toe cap section and rubber (I think) soles, with the red and blue stripe around the bottom. The usual 'All Star' branding is found at the back of the shoe on the sole and also on the tongue of the shoe. I find that they look better when the laces are tied underneath the tongue of the shoe rather than over, which can be a bit fussy and time consuming to put on when you're going out.
I know you're probably thinking "How can you justify spending that much on canvas shoes? You can get them for a fiver in Primark" but the truth is, the cheaper versions really don't compare. Converse are much better quality and better made, this proved by the fact I've had mine nearly a year and a half and they're still going strong. So, despite the initial outlay and that you could probably get a cheaper pair for a fraction of the price, Converse last so much longer and are therefore worth the extra cost. In my opinion anyway!
People are always advised to go for a half size smaller in Converse than what they usually are, but as a half size smaller than mine weren't available I opted for my usual size and they fitted perfectly - so it's not always the case. At first I did get a couple of blisters from wearing them, but like a lot of new shoes they just needed wearing in. After that they were fine and have been super comfortable ever since - so comfortable I can often complete the six mile walk with the dog without my feet hurting. The soles don't tend to wear down too much and are quite durable.
I'm not sure if it's just me but I have found that my feet seem to get cold really easily in these? Compared to other trainers and shoes, if I wear them out in harsher weather, my feet definitely feel like they're going to freeze off the most in my Converse. They're probably better to be worn for the summer weather.
Overall I've been really impressed with my Converse since I've bought them, I really should get on with expanding my collection! I'd recommend them to anyone.
Summary: Everybody should have a pair