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Videos and Short Films With Chucks:
A Fish Out of Water, Playdate, Survivants, The Worst Day Ever, Hero, Clark, The Bend, The Glass Castle, Summer ’78, RC Cola Ad, Under Stars, RCA, The Bat, Kid, the Moon, We Are Boys, 12 Ways to Style Converse Sneakers, Customize your Converse All Star with Hydro Dipping!, How to Style Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers for men and women, Midnight Marathon, Muse, Radio Shack Ad from 1994, I Love Sarah Jane, Growth, The Businessmen, Fractured, Bottle Cap Kick Challenge, Snake Bite. Go to the Videos and Short Films with Chucks page.
Many listings have been updated. New listings with an article: All-American, Hollywood, Stranger Things, Season 3, Deadly Class, Iron Fist, On My Block, The Temptations, Rise, Grown-ish, How I Met Your Mother, Mom, Parks and Recreation, Game of Silence, Stranger Things, Season 2, Greenhouse Academy, The Carmichael Show, Sha Na Na, Preacher, Friday Night Lights, Sun Records, Hunter Street, 13 Reasons Why.
Other recent listings are: Space Force, Designated Survivorss, Almost Paradise, Locke and Key, Ragnarok, NCIS, Euphoria, The Boys, Shameless, Catastrophe, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Single Parents, Cobra Kai, Young Sheldon, Fargo. Go to the Television Shows with Chucks Index Page.
Music Video Reviews:
Orphans, Easy Come, Easy Go, Give It To You, The Schuyler Sisters, Justin Timberlake Medley, 100 Grandkids, Lost in the Echo, Go To Church, Music Everywhere, MAYBE (Deconstructed), I Rep That West, I Want to Know What Love Is, Prima Donna, I Want Crazy, You and I Both, So What?, Go Loko, All For Us, Any Kind of Guy, The End of the Game, Never Catch Me, Boomerang, Motivation, Time in a Tree, Dreams, Young, Wild, and Free, Señorita, Murder Was the Case, Gangsta Luv, Higher, What’s My Age Again?, Light It Up, The Great Escape, Cool, Here With Me, Hello, Anxiety, REEL IT IN, Swang, Please Me, Dirty Little Secret, That’s Not My Name.
Pitch Perfect, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mighty Oak, Los Scavengers, Four Kids and It, The Quarry, Adventure Force 5, My Mistress, Kid West, The Adventures of A.R.I.: My Robot Friend, All the Bright Places, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, What Love Looks Like, Flight of the Innocent, A World Away, Blinded by the Light, Baywatch, Ready or Not, The Santa Clause, Good Boys, Billions for Boris, Billy Owens and the Secret of the Runes, The Lego Movie 2, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Yesterday, Bark Ranger, The Kids from 62-F, Always Be My Maybe, Shazam!.
New listings: Bill & Ted Face the Music, Los Herederos (The Heirs), Bella, Upside-Down Magic, Barely Lethal, The Florida Project, The Rodriguez and the Beyond, Drought, The Wild Soccer Bunch 6, Young Hearts, Breathing, The Wretched, The Current, A Doggone Adventure, Dummie the Mummy and the Tomb of Achnetut, Brittany Runs a Marathon, What the Waters Left Behind. Go to the Chuck Taylor in Films Index Page.
The Outlook for Seasonal Chucks page has been updated for Spring, 2020. The Honor Roll for Actors Wearing Chucks in Films and Television Shows has reached 104 honorees with the addition of Tanner Buchanan and Gabriel Basso. Go to the Articles about Chucks Index Page.
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Kamala Harris has already made history as the first African-American, and the first Asian-American woman to receive the nomination for Vice President on a major party ticket. However, if Joe Biden is elected President in November, and she serves as his Vice President, she could make even more history as the first Vice President to wear chucks in the Blair House (where the Vice President lives in Washington) and the White House. It should be noted that former first lady Michele Obama was occasionally seen wearing the same model of black low top chucks when she lived in the White House. Besides being from California’s San Francisco Bay Area and thus having a cultural connection to chucks, Harris may also be saying something with her choice of footwear.
Kamala steps out onto the campaign trail in a pair of black chucks.
Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of Sneaker X Culture: Collab, believes Harris’s chucks represent action. “The sneakers are acting as the sartorial equivalent of being willing to roll up her sleeves,” she says. Harris’s chucks separate her from traditional heels and conservative slides that women in politics are usually relegated to wear. Long associated with the rebel in all of us, chucks more importantly represent an authenticity that is uniquely American, which is what Harris is attempting to represent. And Kamla’s love for chucks is authentic, as she told The Cut: “I run through airports in my Converse sneakers. I have a whole collection of Chuck Taylors: a black leather pair, a white pair, I have the kind that don’t lace, the kind that do lace, the kind I wear in the hot weather, the kind I wear in the cold weather, and the platform kind for when I’m wearing a pantsuit.” The VP nominee loves her Chuck Taylors, and from her upbringing in California, to her authenticity and call to action, it’s easy to see how they’ve become a part of her.
The Converse All Star has always been the epitome of cool and comfort throughout its 100 year history. Even though its design and functionality are timeless, there have been many variations on it over the past few years. Utilizing new modern technology, Converse has released many new versions of chucks, and it has recently added another in the Converse Chuck Taylor CX. The CX was built to be the most comfortable chuck ever, utilizing dynamic stretch canvas to move with you. It also comes equipped with a new foam phylon midsole for extra cushion and support, and a re-engineered, rubber outsole for ultimate flexibility. Finally, the heel bumper gets a molded 3D redesign for a distinctive look.
The classic chuck is reimagined for comfort with the Chuck Taylor CX.
The new Chuck Taylor CX comes in a wide range of styles and colors, with the clear rubber wall being a defining feature across all the different styles. There are both high top and low top classic style chucks that come in slate, black, blue, and mango colorways for the high tops, and yellow, purple, white, and black colorways for the lows. There’s also a suede version that swaps out the canvas but keeps the stretch, and the Disrupt model which has exaggerated features and a more sturdy look than the classic chucks style. The entire collection ranges in price from between $70-130, and come in unisex adult sizes. The Converse Chuck Taylor CX is an entirely new way to wear your favorite sneaker — all day, every day.
It’s that time of the year again, when students of all ages are headed back to classes. This year things are very different for most students. Due to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic, most schools are starting out in virtual mode until things are safe for in person instruction. That means more weeks of home instruction via Zoom and other virtual apps. Additionally, many families are strapped financially, due to millions of workers out of a job, or on very limited incomes, struggling just to survive. In those cases, going out to shop for brand new clothing for the upcoming school year is not a priority. Purchasing a brand new pair of chucks for school would be on hold for the time being. Sure a pair of chucks will still look cool even when they are quite well worn, but part of the fun of a new school year is getting a new pair.
Luckily, there are still ways to take your existing pair of chucks and make them look newer and last longer, even if they already have a lot of wear. One thing you can do is clean them. Start with soap, water, and a wash cloth. You don’t want to ever put them in the washing machine. Do a complete exterior cleaning and let them dry. Additionally there is a great cleaning product for cleaning built up dirt and grime on the white or off white toe caps, outer foxing and toe guards of your chucks. Called Star Cleaner for Chucks, you can purchase this product for around $10 and it will restore your pairs of chucks to almost brand new condition. Click here to find out more. Another thing you can do that is even less expensive is to buy a new pair of shoelaces for your chucks. That simple move alone will make your chucks look so much newer, and you can buy our classic shoelaces for chucks for under two dollars a pair. Don’t despair if you can’t afford a new pair! Use these simple tips to tide yourself over until things improve.
Converse has a long storied history with the game of basketball. With the All Star being the most popular shoe of the game’s early years, and Wilt Chamberlain famously scoring 100 points in a pair in 1962, it made perfect sense when Converse was made the official shoe of the NBA. However with the rise of competitors like Nike, Adidas, and Reebok in the 1970’s and 80’s, Converse fell out of favor with modern players, and the shoe was all but gone from the game. All that has changed in recent years as Converse is making a comeback in the world of professional basketball. Inking deals with stars Draymond Green, Kelly Oubre Jr, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Natasha Cloud, Converse has gotten back into the basketball shoe game releasing a slew of signature shoes and styles.
Many young NBA stars have signed with Converse in recent years, including Oklahoma City Thunder Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
With the NBA season restarting at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, the eyes of the world fall on these stars and the Converse shoes they are wearing. As players entered the “bubble” campus in Orlando, many were photographed wearing chucks for casual wear, but both Oubre and SGA were seen wearing the new Converse Pro BB basketball shoe in practices and scrimmages. SGA was even highlighted on the OKC Thunder’s social media for his shoes and the “Locked In” message written on the side. Combining elements from both the CONS from the 80’s and the All-Star patch insignia from the classic chucks, Converse’s new basketball shoes honor its history while also looking to the future. Converse is back in the game, and will be around for a while on the feet of the rising stars of the NBA restart.
Converse has literally widened its collection of wider foot chucks to include monochrome and customized styles. You can still get core black and optical white high tops and low cuts in standard or wider widths, but now you have a lot more options. These new wider width chucks come in monochrome black or white models in high top or low cut, along with a number of other options in summer colors and in plaid prints.
This navy custom high top and plaid custom low top are now available in standard and wide widths.
All of these new models are available in both high top or low top. Because they are part of the Converse customized collection of chucks, their price is $25 higher per pair, $80 for high tops and $75 for low tops. The other base color choices are dolphin gray, blue plaid, navy blue, monochrome navy, black, white, monochrome pink, royal blue, pink plaid, blossom pink, lilac, and aqua. You can order these pairs in men’s size 3 through 11.5 in half sizes, and from 12-16 in whole sizes. (Women’s sizes 5 to 18) The standard core wider width black or optical white chucks are not customizable and remain priced at $55 and $50.
Scooby Doo has been a staple in American pop culture for the better part of 60 years. Through numerous TV shows, films, books, and toys, Scooby is right up there with Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny as far as familiarity to generations of children. This makes Scooby Doo and the rest of Mystery Incorporated the perfect characters to be featured with their own signature line of chucks. Their classic 60’s aesthetic lends itself beautifully to the classic canvas of chucks, and the collection highlights different aspects of the Scooby-verse.
Several models of Scooby Doo high top chucks.
There are several designs available for this collection, the most popular being the Mystery Machine Chuck 70’s. With an orange sole, and iconic flower pattern, these chucks are a must have for Scooby Doo fans. The other designs include a glow-in-the-dark design that features the gang and their various catch phrases, a white design that has Shaggy and Scooby running from various ghouls, and an all black design that has the gang peaking over the rubber wall. Ranging in price from $40-$110, and sizes from Kids to Adults, there’s something for everyone in this collection. Outside of chucks, this collection includes three shirt designs and a hoodie, with the shirts going for $35 and the hoodie $80. So if you say jeepers, jinkies, zoinks, or ruh-roh on a regular basis, or if you grew up with a love of solving mysteries, head on over to Converse.com to get your own pair of Scooby Doo chucks!
Twisted Vacation chucks are an all over tie dye design meant for wear during the summer months. The sneakers come in two different colors, raspberry pink with royal blue shoelaces and black with lemongrass yellow (or standard white) shoelaces. The tie die design is radial, emanating from the inside ankle patches. Like all of the seasonal designs, they have black and white ankle patches, heel patches, white outer foxing and black racing stripes. The uppers are a combination polyester and canvas mix. One nice feature is that the shoes come with ortholite insoles that match their basic color. Twisted Vacation high tops retail at $60.00.
Black and Pink Twisted Vacation high top chucks.
Twisted Vacation chucks also come in two low top models. There is a game royal blue model with pink shoelaces, the same colors you see in the high top but reversed, and a malachite green with either game royal or white shoelaces. These pairs retail for $55.00.
Recently Hal Peterson (author of the book Chucks! The Phenomonon of the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor) was a guest on the UK podcast Soleful: Sneaker Stories, hosted by sneaker experts Kish Kash (@kishkash1) and Jason Coles (@madebyjase) ‘Soleful’ is a weekly deep dive into the world of sneakers and sneaker culture. The topic was All Time All Star: The Hundred Year Old Shoe. Kish and Jason talk to Hal about the best selling sneaker of all time, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, and learn about the origins of the shoe, its five decade dominance in basketball, and why, despite recently celebrating its 100th birthday, it remains so popular. (This podcast was recorded remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.) Twitter: @Soleful_Podcast, Instagram: @Soleful_Podcast, and on Apple #SolefulPodcast.
Soleful Sneaker Stories is a Goalhanger Films production,
produced by Jon Gill, Joey McCarthy, and Executive Producer Tony Pastor.
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If you want a different look on your chucks, check out these new models. Psychedelic Hoops Chuck Taylor All Star high tops feature a gradient upper in either blue, green, and red colors or black and green lemongrass. They have white foxing with black racing stripes and a black and white ankle patch, typical now of Converse’s seasonal issues. These chucks retail at $65. There is a low top model in green and blue for $60. There are Chuck 70 models of the Psychedelic Hoops high and low tops but they are of a different design, 2-tone solid colors in red/white and green/white.
Classic Chuck Taylor Psychedelic Hoops high tops.
Another different looking summer model are the Sunblocked Chuck Taylor All Star high top. The colors are described as Fuel Orange and Moonstone Violet. On these shoes, the rear half has been sunblocked with a more faded look than the front. They have a white, orange, and faded violet ankle patches, and black, violet, and white heel patches. The rear half of the traditional white outer foxing and black racing stripe has been replaced with orange and violet. These shoes retail at $60.
A left orange sunblocked high top.
Among the seasonal chucks meant for summer wear is a product line called the Summer Breath Chuck Taylor All Star. Their main feature is a breathable knit upper, with larger holes than regular canvas. High tops in this line come in Bold Mandarin (Orange) and Egyptian Blue. The ankle strips for these sneakers are in a slightly different color of orange or blue, and any stitching matches the color of the uppers, rather than the usual white stitching you see on pairs of chucks. The high tops come with the usual white foxing and black racing stripes, and the ankle patches and heel patches are also black and white. The high tops retail at $65. Summer Breath chucks also come in two low top models, Amarillo Yellow and Engine Smoke Black. They are priced at $60.
Egyptian Blue Summer Breath and Twisted Upper Chuck Taylor All Star high tops.
Another summer time model is the Twisted Upper high top. These combine a cutaway upper pink high top with the rear half of an orange low cut, which leaves an opening at the back of each shoe. Like most other seasonal chucks, they have the traditional white toe cap and foxing with black racing stripes. The ankle patch is partially cut away and to make up for this, the tongues of the Twisted Upper chucks have the black and white license plate logo you normally see on pairs of low cut chucks. These sneakers retail at $65.
Recently ESPN came out with its rankings of the best 75 basketball shoes of all time. In its listing, the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor shoe came in at number 5. This shouldn’t really be a surprise, given the fact that chucks were the dominant basketball shoe for over four decades. In its heyday as the premiere basketball shoe, chucks were worn by nearly every professional, college, and high school player. Many of the greatest players of all time wore them while setting records and providing us with some of the best moments in sports. Think of Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, and Pete Maravich, to list a few names.
For decades all the great players and teams wore high top chucks.
It was a mistake for marketing people at Converse to start saying in the 1990s that chucks were now just leisure shoes. Sure they are great in that part of your life, as so many people like to wear them all the time, but they were designed to play basketball in originally. During his lifetime, Chuck Taylor and the Converse Company spent decades tweaking their design and manufacture so that they would be the finest basketball shoe of its day. That emphasis on quality control can’t be taken away from their history or from their functionality as an athletic shoe. Converse should take up that cause again and get endorsers to wear basic chucks or Chuck 70s while playing basketball as they did in the past. Wouldn’t that be great to see in a professional or college game again?
The ChucksConnection has added a new color to its line of classic shoelaces for chucks. Now you can get charcoal grey classic shoelaces in 45 inch, 54 inch, and 63 inch lengths. Now you have three grey shades to chose from: charcoal grey, metal grey, and light grey (silver) in classic or flat ribbed models. You can see how the new charcoal grey color looks on various pairs of chucks by going to our Classic Athletic Shoelaces on Chucks, Gallery 1. Charcoal Grey is also available in a fat shoelace in both 45 inch and 54 inch lenghts. For more information about shoelaces for chucks, go to our shoelaces home page, where you can access our information page, shoelace guide, lacing tips and tutorials, and the many other styles of shoelaces for chucks that we carry in our online store.
Charcoal Grey classic shoelaces on core color high top chucks.
Converse has just announced some additions to its seasonal color line up of chucks. New arrivals in both high top and low cut models include Apricot Agate, Ceramic Teal, Champagne, and Ghost. They are all pastel colors with apricot Agate a light orange, Ceramic Teal a light blue-green, Champagne a light pink, and Ghost a light purple. These are in additional to Coast Blue, Laser Orange, Peony Pink, Snorkel Blue, and Wolf Grey announced in January. Their current practice in manufacturing seasonal colors now means that every high top pair comes a black and white ankle patch, and black racing stripes. The low top pairs have license plate logo squares in black and white sewn on their tongues.
Apricot Agate and Ceramic Teal seasonal high top chucks.
Also announced are high tops in Amazon Green, a bright green shade, and Japanese Eggplant, which is a dark purple color. Last season Amazon Green low tops were in the seasonal mix, but not the high top model, most likely due to manufacturing issues. Converse has reissued several low cut models, Coastal Pink. Desrt Khaki, Light Redwordd, Stellar Indigo, and Storm Pink. If you see a particular seasonal color you like, we suggest you buy it right away if you can. Most likely you can get them on sale due to our current economic situation, but do remember that these colors and models are usually one time only issues. That’s why some of the earlier seasonal models, especially the returning ones, are no longer available. You can see the other new models on our Shoe Outlook page, one of our About Chucks features.
We are living in scary times. With Coronavirus Covid 19 sending the world into a global pandemic, many must stay at home to help flatten the curve and keep the disease from spreading. This has led to a lot of people having a vast amount of down time while they practice social distancing. You may be asking yourself what is there to do once you’ve binge watched those shows you’ve put off, and caught up on your housekeeping? Well if you’ve got on your favorite pair of chucks, there’s still plenty to do while also making sure you’re staying safe.
Social distancing can take its toll but it’s what is needed right now.
Social distancing does not necessarily mean you have to stay indoors. You can still go outside to exercise, walk your dog, and get vital services, etc. So as long as you keep a safe distance from others, lace up those chucks and go for a run or walk around your local park. Chucks are also the perfect shoe for weightlifting and aerobic exercises, so you can also get a sweat indoors. This is the perfect time to work on yourself physically and mentally. The days are getting longer and with the isolation of quarantine, it’s important to make sure you’re staying mentally fit by continuing to engage with friends over the phone and online. So wear your chucks proudly as you help flatten the Coronavirus curve. Remember to wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, and to practice social distancing. Together, we’ll get through this pandemic, and back to wearing our chucks together out in the world.
The two most popular models of classic high top chucks are now available in a wider width. Chucks have always been made in just one width, D, which is meant for a medium width foot, which most people have. But now you can purchase a black or optical white high top pair of chucks in a wider (E) width. Both models look the same as their standard width counterparts and the price differential is only five dollars, currently $55 for standard width chucks and $60 for wide width chucks.
Black and Optical White high top chucks are now available in wide widths.
You can also purchase black or optical white low top chucks in wide widths. The price for those pairs is $55.
Finding the right gift at the right price is often difficult, especially if you are on a budget. If you know (or are) someone who is an enthusiatic fan and wearer of chucks, what do you get that person besides a new pair of chucks? These days a new pair is a big gift, with the prices ranging between $50 to $100 for most new pairs. Luckily The ChucksConnection is here to assist you with a short list of credible gifts that range in price from $2 to $20 and appropriate for people of all ages. Go to our Gifts Page to see the complete list of our recommendations.
We have started a new feature on The ChucksConnection that addresses videos and short films where actors wear chucks. These films are normally seen on websites like YouTube and Vimeo and made by amateur or aspiring filmmakers. Too short to be included on our Chuck Taylor in Films page and not released to the public through paid streaming, DVD or BlueRay, these videos and films are free for viewing, and we provide links to them on our new Videos and Short Films with Chucks page.
Check these out on our new page.
Like our other media pages, Videos and Short Films with Chucks is a work in progress. If you know of a video or short film that qualifies for this new page, send us the information and link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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