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|Chucks Heel Patches To Change||Chucks Are Popular Wedding Fashion||New Line of Leather Chucks Available|
|Double Upper High Tops Are The Perfect Pair for the Cold Weather.||New Summer 2012 Seasonal Colors||Converse Americana Flag Print Chucks|
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|Interview With Young Actress Rylie Behr||Coolest Chucks Moments In Film|
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Converse recently announced that it will be changing the heel patches on pairs of chucks. They are planning to add the word "Converse" to the heel patches on high top and low cut oxford models, and additionally on low cut models, the cloth patch sewn on the top of the tongue will all include the name Converse.
This isn't the first time the heel patches have been changed. A number of seasonal models have had alternate patches over the past decade, and throughout the history of the Chuck Taylor basketball shoe, the patches have a number of different looks. Check out our article on the Evolution of the Chuck Taylor and select the heel patch gallery to see previous variations.
The current heel patch on Converse All Star Chuck Taylor sneakers.
During the winter months, the weather is going to be cold, even in the southern and western states. If you like to wear chucks everyday, despite the cold, consider this alternative: wearing a pair of double upper chucks. These sneakers have two sets of uppers, which means you get four layers total on each side, and double tongues, again with four layers. The tongues are partially sewn together. So this provides you with a lot more warmnth and protection against the cold. Plus you are wearing chucks not heavy boots or shoes.
The best way to get double uppers is to order a custom pair from Converse. The cost is $75 plus tax and shipping. In the past couple of seasons they have not come out with very many seasonal models, and those didn't come in a wide variety of sizes. But with the custom order program, you can design and create a pair to you exact specifications and with the colors and patterns you want. The shoe you see in the picture is an example of a custom order. The shoes have black outer uppers, grey print inside uppers, and print lining inside. They come with super long laces, way more than you would normally want. At the ChucksConnection, we recommend that you get a 54 inch lace for the inner set of eyelets and a 45 inch lace for the outer. You only need to lace the outer up have way, and it doesn't even require a knot. Just stick the excess in between the two uppers. You can display two different colors this way, and the laces don't get in your way. You can also thread the main laces through the top eyelet of the outer uppers which ties everything together quite neatly. The other nice thing about the double upper sneakers is that you have dozens of lacing options. We like this 45 inch/54 inch lace combination because it is real easy to get into and out of the shoes. Just unlace the top eyelets and pull the tongues to the middle, right where there is a shoelace slot (another nice feature).
For more information on the create your own pair of chucks program, see our article on it.
A right black and print double upper high top Chuck Taylor sneaker, with 45 inch grey, and 54 inch white shoelaces.
Nick Stoeckel has sent in some good links with pictures of weddings where the wedding party were wearing chucks.
Here are his links:
Nick suggests that we set up a photo gallery just about people wearing chucks at their weddings. That is a great idea, if we get the photos to post. Wearing chucks at weddings and other formal occasions is something that started in the nineties and has become increasingly popular over the years. We first doumented this in a story sent in by Cheryl Abbott. You can see it here: http://chucksconnection.com/wedding.html
If you would like to see a weddings in chucks feature started, send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not get married in a nice new pair of chucks?
Jon Gies writes:
“I got a pair of American made Converse Chuck Taylor black high tops in the mail today, what a difference! These shoes are actually made right compared to the Asian ones, have arch support, twice the durable canvas, and the rubber is much more heavy duty as well. I was a late arrival to chucks fashion, and they were already gone from the USA by the time I started wearing them. My current black high tops that are made in China are going on their third year right now. I hope I can get another year out of them. The American made ones will be indoor and patio use only, I want to make these babies last my whole life I hope!
Great site you guys are running, Chucks are not just a shoe, they are an American icon and are likely plastered throughout several major events in history. I do hope they stay popular, if I ever have kids I will get them into the chucks craze early unlike my parents did, haha. I was almost 14 when I started wearing chucks sadly, but I still have my first pair and all the others I have worn since then, just can’t throw the darn things away, lol.”
Some photos of Jon's "new" pair of Made In USA black high top chucks.
Jon’s experience with American made chucks is typical of chucks enthusiasts who were brought up wearing Made in USA pairs. It's too bad that the older standards aren't used in their manufacture any more, things like the rubber, canvas, and insole. Although the new chucks look good and appear identical, as Jon found out, they are not exactly the same. If Converse actually followed the old standards on even just the core models, they would sell even better and for a higher price. The Japanese Converse company did that a few years ago, making the optical white high top the old way. Too bad we haven't seen anything like that since.
There is a new feature on our films page called the Coolest Chucks Moments In Film. Every week or so we will describe a different scene or scenes from one of the over 600 films where someone is wearing chucks along with a collage of some of those moments. Our first film posted is The Cure, with Brad Renfro and Joseph Mazello.
A black high top chuck is used to comfort a kid who is dying...how cool is that?
On a recent visit to Ireland, this writer was quite pleased at how popular chucks were throughout the country, and how poeple in all walks of life were wearing them. Part of the reason is the youthful nature of the population, with over 60% under age thirty. You would think that green would be the most popular seasonal color, so I was surprised to see so many people wearing red high tops, and the lastest foldovers and prints. Chucks, like most things in Europe, are quite pricey, with the typical store price between 50 to 60 Euros, or 70 to 84 US dollars. Wherever there were gatherings of young people it was nice to see them sporting their chucks. Ireland is an interesting place to visit. When you go, don't forget to wear your chucks.
Left: Young people wearing chucks at the Lusitania memorial stature in Cobh, Ireland. Right: Girls wearing black and turquoise foldeover and gray high tops at a fair.
Just in time for the colder fall weather, Converse has released new leather high top and low cut chucks in some new colors. Beside the classic black and white model, you can now purchase leather high tops in charcoal, chocolate brown, red, royal blue, and white. Low cut oxford models come in white and charcoal in addition to black and white. Click on the link to our high top or low cut oxford pages to order a pair.
Red and royal blue leather high top chucks.
Cherry Tomato Red and Parasailing Green are two of the standout new summer colors available in high top or low cut oxford models. Cherry tomato comes out looking more orange than red, but orange colored chucks are hard to get a hold of these days You can see a complete photogallery of a pair of high top chucks in each color. Just click on the Cherry Tomato Red High Top Chucks or the Parasailing Green High Top Chucks links to see the galleries.
Cherry Tomato Red right high top and Parasailing Green right high top.
Around the fourth of July, Converse released a new line of flag pattern print or flag material chucks. Two of them are shown here. You can see how flag pattern chucks have developed over the past years by viewing our ChucksConnection photo gallery of Flag Print Chucks.
Converse Chuck Taylor red and white striped Americana high top, navy blue flag bunting material Americana high top.
For the summer of 2012, Converse has released a new design that gives the double upper-double tongue design more foldover capabilities. Foldover Double Upper High Tops come in red/white and dress blue/gray color combinations. The double upper design is somewhat different from other double upper models in several ways. The inside Chuck Taylor ankle patch is printed in white onto the canvas instead of an actual patch sewn on. The ankle patch only appears on the outside upper. The All Star patch, which you normally see on low cut chucks is sewn onto the inner tongue, so that the upper tongue has to be folded over for the All Star patch to display. The uppers are glued together through the fifth pair of eyelets. There is only one pair of shoelaces for the shoes. As with all double uppers the wearer has a number of lacing options.
Top view of a left red/white foldover double upper high top chuck.
You can view a complete photo gallery of these shoes in both the red/white and blue/gray versions.
Mark Recob has quite a personal collection of chucks, including many vintage pairs and also other models. He has agreed to share pictures of his collection with Chuck Talk visitors. Just click on this link to see the photo gallery.
Mark's collection includes this early adidas imitation of a Chuck Taylor high top.
A new family film, I Heart Shakey, is being released for video on demand and in theaters. Rylie Behr plays ten year old Chandler O'Neill, who must deal with her widower father J.T. and his career plans. They move from a small town to Chicago with their lovable family mutt Shakey. After missing the fine print in their rental contract, J.T. is forced to find Shakey a new home. Chandler hatches a plan to keep Shakey and teach J.T. a valuable lesson about loyalty and the importance of keeping family together. Throughout the film Chandler is seen wearing red and gray low cut chucks.
Stills of Rylie Behr, Shakey, and Steve Lemme from I Heart Shakey.
Recently Rylie had a brief conversation with The ChucksConnection.
CC: Do you like to wear chucks in your normal life?
RB: I usually wear my chucks to school everyday, and if I have to wear something else I carry them in my backpack to change into later. I like the low tops that are more traditional the best. I currently have purple, green, red, gray, a pair with neon turtles on them, and a dark/light purple pair with multiple eyelets.
J.T. and Chandler in their back yard. Chandler and Shakey on thr balcony of a high rise building.
CC: Did you choose to wear the red low cut chucks shown in the film or were they part of a costume design?
RB: The costume was a joint effort since the director, Kevin Cooper, and the wardrobe department actually saw me in my gray chucks during pre-production meetings and thought they would also be a good look on my character, Chandler.
CC: Is there any special reason for wearing red low cut chucks in the film?
RB: They made the decision to have the red pair worn as a symbol of home like Dorothy’s red slippers on The Wizard of Oz. I was so happy because they are comfortable and are something that I normally wear. I also used gray chucks in several scenes of the movie. I still wear both pairs and also use them professionally for I Heart Shakey promotional events.
CC: What do you like best about chucks?
RB: They are comfortable, go with everything, and I can find almost any design to match my mood or outfit. I actually ask for them instead of other types of tennis shoes when we are shopping for shoes, and refused to wear any other brand of tennis shoes for PE!
The Chuck Taylor reform is a new seasonal model that is designed for summer wear or wear in warm climates. There are a few changes in the traditional look of the black Chuck Taylor basketball shoe. This is the first black high top released in the United States to have a red racing stripe between the upper and the foxing, instead of the traditional black stripe. The lower stripe has been eliminated and replaced with a red embossed Chuck Taylor signature on the outside white foxing. The words All Star on the heel patch are also embossed.
Two views of the Black/Red/White Chuck Taylor Reform high top.
The upper is made of nylon material, so the shoe ends up being even lighter than the traditional canvas high top. Another difference is the added stitching across the inside edge of the toe cap. These shoes are manufactured in Vietnam so the toe caps are more rounded, unlike the made in China models which cut off the toe caps in a straight line. The soles are different, made ultra light, with two of the panel parts dyed red. The eyelets on this model have been painted white, instead of the traditional silver or metal grey color.
The Reform has two red panels in the sole. Close up of the Chuck Taylor signature.
The Chuck Taylor Reform also comes in a low cut model.
Check out these new comic print high tops featuring Superman and Batman. All the shoes feature canvas uppers with screenprint graphics. The Superman high top is a red and white print on the inside panel of each shoe and a red, blue, and black print on the outside. The interior is blue. On the outside, the canvas print shows a picture of Superman. The inside patch side has a 3D Superman logo in red. On the tongue of the shoe is the word Superman. The basic shoe is a white canvas high top with white shoelaces. The ankle patch is black and red. The interior is royal blue.
From Krypton to Converse. Clark Kent’s alter ego boldly goes on the All Star sneaker in this Converse and DC Comics collaboration.
There are two Batman high top prints on black canvas. On the black and blue model, the canvas uppers feature a multipaneled blue print of Batman images. The inside patch is black and white. The tongue of each shoe has a Batman logo. The interior is black with yellow print. This model comes with white shoelaces.
Caped Crusader. DC Comics and Converse join forces to fight the powers of evil with the new Batman Chuck Taylor sneakers.