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Although i do own a very broad range of styles when it comes to trainers and footwear in general I never thought I would be seen even trying on this type of footwear in the past, never mind buying a pair. The Converse Chuck Taylor Embossed Leather Ox Shoes are completely black (all bar the Converse stitched on patch on the tongue). This particular design of Converse shoe is the original Converse design for the basketball shoe and anybody who knows anything worthwhile about footwear will know that this design is a timeless classic and has and will be worn for many, many years. Converse itself is a worldwide known brand and what better way to celebrate their history than to bring back an old school look to your shoe rack (do people even have shoe racks anymore?!). As my pair of Converse shoes are all black they can go relatively unnoticed to all but the self-confessed footwear fanatic. I honestly couldn't tell you what was going through my mind when I bought this design of shoe. The only criteria I had set myself were to find a totally plain black pair of shoes for work and some that I could also wear casually aswell. I am going to be completely stereotypical here and suggest that these shoes are aimed predominately at the young market and those looking to rebel against the mainstream fashions. The shoes themselves are not surprisingly very comfortable indeed. The consistent fit around my feet is reassuring and although they are available from a wide range of online sources for the £50 mark they can be picked up cheaper if you shop around. You may be wondering why anyone in their right mind would be spending £50 on a pair of what could be seen as 'pumps'! First impressions are everything when you are young, and I would definitely say that with age you look more for comfort and practicality over looks. Fortunately, the Converse Chuck Taylor Embossed Leather Ox lace-ups have the looks and the comfort, so the price tag is easily justified if you like their style. The uppers are obviously leather, and the finish is nothing short of high quality, with an embossed finish and the detailing is perfection. The shoes are certainly not like your run-of-the-mill gym pumps. The rubber sole is hard wearing as I have found out, and the leather around the front of the shoe ensures longevity of the shoe's life. If you are looking for a stylish and comfortable shoe that will last and is versatile with regards to the types of clothes you can wear them with then this could be the pair for you. Converse have a whole host of similar designs in various colours - there is quite literally something for everyone. If it is possible to be a sensible rebel then these are the shoes to be that person in!
I have a pair of these Converse Chuck Taylor casual shoes made from nice embossed leather, so far they have been great and I have enjoyed having them. They are in good company as I have quite a number of Converse shoes. I find my Chuck Taylor embossed leather Converse to be very comfortable with little wearing in needed when they were new. This is something I like about the shoes, as I could slip straight into them and not worry about them rubbing or anything like that. My shoes are black as shown in the photo here and they have a simple trim detail in a mid grey that adds to the look. I like the heavy duty rubber edging to the shoes and the soles are very good, with a nice rubber waffle sole that means I don't slip or slide when wearing these. The black leather used for my Converse is supple and soft, I think this is partly why they have not rubbed my feet. It has a smoothness to it that I really like and even though I have had these on a lot they have not crinkled at all. The look of the shoes is retro yet fashionable at the same time and I really like that. They go well with casual wear and can even be worn with suits for a modern twist. I think this gives them a very wide appeal. When I bought my Chuck Taylor embossed leather Converse they cost me £34.99. I have to say that I was happy with the price as I have often paid that for a plain canvas pair, so to get these leather ones for the same money was great. They usually sell for more and can be up to £55 per pair. As I have a number of Converse shoes I can say they are comfortable and easy to wear. They suit people of all ages too and thats something I think is great about them. Its easy to update your look with these shoes and I have worn them with lots of outfits which have matched in well. With these being leather they can be worn in bad weather and don't let in the rain, unlike the canvas versions. I would recommend these shoes as they are long lasting and well made. I have not found any issues with mine and so I really like them.
Converse Chuck Taylor Embossed Leather Ox Lace-Up Sometimes you are just looking for a more classic but also slightly more adult look. I love the comfort of trainers but I have to say they don't always look that classic or that mature. I think I'm too young to go all the way for the more old look but sometimes I do want to dress up a little bit older. When I saw the Converse Chuck Taylor Embossed Leather Ox Lace-Up I knew they were the right shoes, because they are trainers but more classic. Converse is really one of the brands I love to buy shoes from. Buying shoes from Converse I always know that they will be good and comfortable. You can't really go wrong and what I love it that they aren't really expensive. They are quality shoes what you should expect but unfortunately that's not always the case. I have bought shoes of other brands and almost fell apart after half a year and no matter how cheap they were I think that's too quick! Converse has been around for a hundred years now and you can really tell by their shoes that they have a lot of experience. They started in 1910 and 100 years they are still around. Their shoes are famous for their classic style but also their flexibility and support while wearing them. They especially give great support for the ankle. These converse shoes can be worn by men and women since they have a real classic casual look although I do think they are more shoes for men. The shoes feel really comfortable and firm due the leather and the black rubber sole. They fit really well around my foot and feel good while walking in them. I can definitely tell they gave me support for my ankle. It's like the sole is a little bit thicker which means you don't feel the ground that much when you are walking. What makes these shoes great is the quality but also the colour black. You never really see any dirt on them and they still look new after months of wearing them. The quality shows trough the leather and the sole and still remain as new. The shoes aren't that cheap since they come for a price of 60 pounds. I think they are worth it.
Firstly I have to say that I love my Converse All Stars in all their guises. I wear Converse shoes at some point on most days, sometimes all day depending on my mood. They are both comfortable and funky and so I am not ashamed to say that I have a mahoosive soft spot for these shoes and as such my collection of wearable Converse shoes is rather large. I have diversified into Vans at times and also dabbled with cheaper non Converse branded similar style shoes, tried the Ed Hardy versions etc too, but they are NEVER as comfortable as my Converse shoes are. My Converse Chuck Taylor Embossed Leather Ox Lace Ups are leather and I bought them from a discount sports store at a factory shopping village for £25. ********************************************************** This is extremely cheap for a good pair of leather Converse shoes, so at the time of purchase I was very happy with the price I paid. Prices for leather versions of these can be as high as £60 and in fact the ones one of our children wears cost £55 in black leather with velcro straps. I try to shop around rather than buy at full price if I can, so my £25 purchase of these shoes was really bargainous, as at £25 they were at least half their normal selling price. My shoes have a very nice look with leather used all over the main body of the upper. The detailing on my shoes is enhanced further by the fact that the piping and trim on them is in a contrast shade. I would have liked that to have been in red really, as it would have gone with other colours more easily, but at the price I paid I am certainly not complaining. The trim detail does look nice and adds a bit of extra style to my shoes which I like. ********************************************************* Things I like about these shoes are the nice cushioned feel I get when I slip them on and walk about in them. I find that the inner sole is very comfortable when in wear and gives just enough bounce without feeling overly spongy, which is more the feeling you get when wearing trainers. I like the fact that my leather Converse have been easy to care for too, as I just need to give them a quick wipe over with a clean damp baby wipe if they become scuffed or marked. One wipe is usually enough to clean both shoes. I have at times washed my other Converse shoes and I have found that they do come out really well, if you wash by hand, but when washed they do need to dry for a day or so. I NEVER tumble dry them! With these leather ones, so far I haven't had to wash them, as they have remained looking very new and smart with just a quick wipe prior to wear. I know some people including the children, seem to think its a badge of honour to wear their Converse in a filthy grubby state.... oh the HORROR! That has certainly never appealed to me and the fact that these Converse shoes are so very easy to keep clean is one of the plus points as far as I can see. Keep em clean, make em gleam thats what I say! ********************************************************** My shoes have a coordinating rubber sole which has the usual fancy style grip pattern on it, which gives them such great grip when in wear. Most of the soles on my Converse shoes have been in darker shades like that funny off matt mid grey thats very common or plain black. With them being dark they avoid looking grubby if you walk on muddy surfaces, although I try to avoid that. I have to say they are easily cleaned if need be so thats not much of a concern to me. One thing about my Chuck Taylor leather Converse shoes is that the fit whilst comfortable is not quite as good as with many of my other Converse shoes. I have found that they seem to be around 1/2 a size bigger in terms of fit than the material based ones I own. This is a little odd as they are the same size, so I think that may be something to factor in when picking a leather pair to buy. I also find that the leather tongues on these shoes just won't stay put, no matter how I cajole them into place. This is a bit annoying as I like them to look perfectly straight and I can often feel them slipping sideways, which means I have to pull them back into position. ********************************************************** To give these shoes a rating means I need to compare and contrast them with my other Converse shoes. I have to say that when I bought these I was thrilled with them as they really look the part and are much less bulky and cumbersome than normal trainers are. As I find that I have to adjust the tongue on these every time I wear them, I feel thats a minus point as it does effect the over all comfort and fit of my shoes. Other than that these are lovely, the leather is nice and supple and the rubber edging on these has not come away at all, which it can do with these shoes. Some of my other Converse shoes have suffered with this, but its not a death sentence for them as they can be simply re stuck with super glue or a good quality nail glue that you use to apply acrylic or gel nails and tips with. Just make sure you DON'T glue your fingers to the rubber when placing a light pressure on them to help the edging stick back into place and it will be fine. ********************************************************** Over all I do like these shoes, but they aren't my favorites, that accolade is currently split between a pair of Converse Double Tongues, with dual laces in matching shades (soo funky) and a pair of Converse shoes with a fantastic metallic effect to them, which shimmer and shine and look amazingly good. Oops then there are the flowery ones! As my leather Chuck Taylor shoes are in wonderful condition even after a more than a year of owning and wearing them, that has to be a good indicator of the quality of my shoes. In quick summary (as I have waffled on enough, but I really do lurrve my Converse collection) based on everything mentioned here my leather embossed trimmed Converse ought to get a 4 star rating. Had the tongue not been such a devil with a mind of its own, they would have most certainly gotten a 5 star rating as they look amazing. They are both comfortable and good looking and so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Oops this was only going to be a short review...naughty Converse.
All my trainers are Converse trainers and I got these toned down black variations to see if I could get away with wearing Converse at work. The plan worked out and they soon became my everyday shoe both in and outside of work hours. They are very comfortable and weathered well for a time. Unfortunately after around two months of owning the shoes they started to tear at the sides of the mouth. This tearing got worse and they became too trashed for work anymore. Most Converse weather really well - the canvas showing wear and tear that only serves to increase their appeal - but the leather simply failed and ripped making them unusable. I really had high expectations of these shoes and it is unfortunate that they didn't work out for me. I trust the Converse brand but am sticking to their classic designs after this disappointing experience.
==Brand== Converse, founded in 1908 but was taken over by Nike in the mid '00s, is a sporting brand known primarily for its shoe range. Although mostly known for their Chuck Taylor All-Star range, they have a wide variety of shoes which not only focus upon shoes designed for use when playing basketball, but also more casual footwear for purposes over that for foot attire when participating in any sports. Their shoes have remained in-style since the 1970s, but gained a massive boost when Nike acquired them in 2003 following bankruptcy of the company a couple of years earlier. ==Shoes== The Chuck Taylor Embossed Leather Ox low-tops are a 2009 design from Converse and find that their Chuck Taylor All-Star range (originating way back in 1917) has been modified. Choosing to take on this 'Embossed Leather' look for their best-selling hi- and low-top, these are a leather version of their classic styled-shoes where this material replaces the tough canvas stuff used for the majority of their basic models. The leather is embossed and so ensures that they don't look like simply a black leather version of their standard shoes. ==Box== The box which these come in is the classic Converse shoe box. As it is a well-known design, it's nothing special and so perhaps not the sort that you're likely to keep. However, I thought that the slick and narrow shape of the box that these come in makes it stand out amongst most shoe boxes and so could be one you may want to keep for storage purposes if you aren't into shoe-collecting to the degree that someone such as myself is. ==Opinion== These shoes were bought for me due to my reluctance to get Converse when I often go for much more durable shoes at a similar price to what these are. They were purchased online and as I liked the design I went along with it all, expecting that they wouldn't be anything all that special. I've owned Chuck Taylors in the past, but when these arrived they surpassed expectation. The first thing that hits you is the overall feel of the shoe in comparison to their general ones as these have a subtle, yet noticeable chunkier feel to them. As The majority of my shoe collection follows that trend, it was good to know that I didn't have to change my ways here with a pair that don't seem to have the protection that the most of the rest do, and this 'Embossed Leather Ox' shoe does just this with being slightly weightier than your normal pair of Chucks. The shoes are all-black, save for a grey trim and 'All-Star' logo at the back of the midsole and so make for quite a discreet pair that you can rock without really standing out. Although this was quite a big change to what the majority of my collection is about, I welcomed it as an alternative pair that I can go out in and look fresh with a single colour and you don't really need to maintain due to the materials used. As the leather is embossed, it means that it prevents any creasing in problem areas (such as the toe region) from becoming obviously apparent, and after a few months of use they look just as good as they did when I first got them. ==Where To Buy== These shoes were bought for me on Amazon. The price of them ranges from around £42 to £60 depending upon the size and if you went for the hi-tops (which I probably would have if I hadn't been influenced to take a liking for these and have them bought for me) then you're looking at £48 to £63. Unfortunately you won't be able to pick these up from the official Converse website as it doesn't ship to the UK, however you're sure to find it elsewhere both online and offline as long as you're quick as special Converse editions are known to leave as quickly as they came in and so if you like the look of them then get straight to them. I'd recommend them as I found that they took care of all the issues which prevented me from opting for Chucks over alternatives in the first place.