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Just about everyone wears Chuck Taylors. No matter your race, class, or style, you can go into any environment and likely see a pair of chucks. However, chucks have always been a staple on the punk culture. The punk rock style always loved chucks, and one of the biggest punk bands in history has collaborated with Converse to make a new sneaker. The famous punk group Suicidal Tendencies has released a brand new Chuck 70 high top.
The new chucks feature a vintage canvas upper with a digital print based on the band’s original artwork. It also features a Suicidal Tendencies leather patch on the outsides, a Suicidal Tendencies band logo woven heel stay, and two sets of additional shoelaces including a Suicidal Tendencies printed band logo lace.
Suicidal Tendencies Chuck 70 High Top, inside patch view
Suicidal Tendencies chucks were issued on September 7th, the same day as the band released their new album Still Cyco Punk After All These Years. The same day the limited edition chucks priced at $95 a pair were released on Converse.com, they sold out, which goes to prove the band’s continued relevance and legacy even after all these years. Mike Muir, the legendary front man of Suicidal Tendencies commented on what the new collaboration means to him: “Just as young Mike will never forget putting on his first pair of chucks, I can’t wait to relive that amazing feeling with the new Converse x Suicidal Tendencies, a massively proud moment for the band, our fans and of course me personally!” These chucks will be hard find now, but they will be a coveted pair for all hardcore punk fans.
Converse has added a new line of custom Chuck 70 models to their Fall lineup. The Custom City Collection celebrates the style and attitude of some of the world’s most well known cities by taking inspiration from those who live there. Using the Chuck 70 as the background, and featuring a wide array of custom features and colorways unique to each city, this collection is the perfect addition to your Fall wardrobe.
The Custom Chucks City Collection features unique designs dedicated to some of the world’s most well known cities.
The five cities represented in this collection are Los Angeles, London, Paris, Shanghai, and New York City, and they all have their own custom wordmarks that are imprinted on the sidewall. Each city has three default color models, but these can be mixed and matched with the Customizer. This allows you even greater freedom to set yourself apart from the pack, and also lets you add colors that are specific to your city. You can also add any of the usual custom features such as a personal embroidered iD, and embroidered letters on each foot. Each model comes with a custom cityscape patch in place of the classic All Star logo, and each patch features the city’s iconic skyline and landmarks. These designs truly are about the city, and every design aspect reflects this. From the colors to the wordmark to the patch, these shoes will let everyone know which city you love. The Custom Chucks City Collection costs $95, but that steep price is more than made up for by the individuality available from custom color combinations and from repping your favorite city.
Depending on your age, you remember or have heard stories of NBA players wearing chucks. Before players had their own shoes, NBA players rocked Converse, specifically, the classic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Though the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe is one of the biggest and best-known shoes and today is usually seen as a casual, everyday shoe, it was designed to be a basketball shoe. From the 1930s through the 1970s it was the premiere shoe for basketball.
Wilt Chamberlin (left) and Bill Russell wearing pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars.
One of the main selling points of chucks is and has always been the versatility of the shoes. They are great for so many occasions, including the court. Stars of the league like Wilt Chamberlin dominated the sixties and seventies while famously wearing chucks. Bill Russell won thirteen NBA Championships for the Boston Celtics throughout the 50s and 60s all while rocking chucks. With so many players signing with different shoe brands, chucks haven’t been spotted on NBA floors as much, and were last worn on a regular basis in the late 70s and early 80s.
The NBA collaborated with Converse to bring basketball fans for specific franchises Chuck 70 High Top Sneakers, as well as a legends collections. Whether you are a Los Angeles Lakers fan, excited about the new season with LeBron James or want to relive the days and colors of the old school Philadelphia 76ers, there is something for you. Though it is unknown if NBA players will go back to sporting chucks in the near future, there is always a chance due to the popularity and history of the Converse brand. Also games like NBA 2K still feature chucks as an option to wear.
Los Angeles skateboarder Sean Pablo has collaborated with Converse CONS to make his own Chuck Taylor All Star Pro sneaker. The new chucks are made in a red and white colorway with unique artwork done by Pablo himself. The choice to make the collaborated sneaker the famous All Star Pro came from Sean Pablo.
These chucks are undoubtedly meant for a particular audience. The sharpie like writing all over the shoe and the “darkness” like theme of the drawings may turn some hardcore fans of chucks off. Both red and white colorways have two different drawings on the chucks. However, Pablo has proven to get people interested as it is selling out everywhere very quickly after its release on August 3rd, 2018. It’s a version of chucks that pays respect to skateboard culture with writing on the chucks that became popular to do throughout the world. It also has a darker and more of a punk style that has excited Pablo’s fans and many skaters alike.
The CONS X SEAN PABLO Chuck Taylor All Star Pro.
Luckily, Pablo’s chucks aren’t going for an insane price like some of the other custom designs from celebrities. If you can find them at a retailer, they are going for $75. Of course, these chucks will be a hot commodity for a while, and if you are a part of the skateboard culture or are just looking to get some rare, unique looking chucks, these should be on the top of your list.
Converse has unveiled a brand new line of chucks that are branded with the Japanese icon Hello Kitty. These chucks come in a variety of styles and sizes for both kids and adults, which opens up the possibility of matching outfits for their parents and children. This collection goes beyond shoes though, as it features a slew of shirts, sweaters, and bags, all of which are great back to school options.
The Hello Kitty collection features a wide variety of styles that utilize the iconic imagery of the beloved cartoon cat. There are two different types of chucks that are available: a black, low top version that has the Hello Kitty face plastered all over it, and a white, high top version that features a simpler design of Hello Kitty and Friends. Each version has the phrase “Say hello when you see me” written on the sidewall as well. There is also a Chuck 70 high top model that is pastel pink with a large Hello Kitty face on the side. This shoe also includes the added features of a clear outsole with bow print and a Hello Kitty bow on the toe cap. Price wise, the black low tops are retailing for $65, the white high tops for $70, and the pink Chuck 70s for $100. Each pair comes in a special Hello Kitty themed box as well, upping the cute factor even further. So whether you’re buying for the young or the young at heart, the Converse Hello Kitty collection has plenty of great options for those who love kawaii cats and chucks!
Converse has been uploading new videos to their YouTube channel over the past month, the very first of which kicked off their “All The Stories Are True” ad campaign for the Chuck Taylor All Star. This video features Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown riding in the passenger seat of a car telling a story about her time wearing chucks on the red carpet, and how it empowered her to not just follow the mold of what is acceptable to wear in Hollywood. This is just the first story told, as other ads tell a diverse array tales that range from interrupting a wedding to using chucks to cheat on a test. Yes that’s right, just in time for back to school shopping Converse is showing how Chuck Taylors have been used as a “study guide” in the past. While they specifically state in the description of the video that Converse doesn’t condone cheating, that doesn’t make the story any less true or funny.
Converse’s new ad campaign puts chucks at the forefront.
This campaign has not only included video ads on YouTube and other platforms, but it has also included a social media push on the Converse Instagram account that features pictures that are posted with a story. These tales include teenage outings to a diner, a first crush leaving flowers in a locker, and riding a bike off the roof onto a mattress pile. This campaign showcases the long history of chucks, and highlights how they have indeed become a part of American culture. As one Instagram post states, chucks have been “helping kids sneak out of bedroom windows since 1917.” They’ve also been there for so much more, and yes, all the stories are true.
Kith has teamed up with Converse for a collaboration, introducing the brand new Coca-Cola Chuck 70 sneakers. The Kith x Coca-Cola x Chuck collaboration has unveiled four pairs of the Chuck 70 design. The models of chucks are inspired by the United States, France, Russia and China respectively. The color schemes represent each country and reflect international unity. The four models are a red pair with white Coca-Cola writing (invoking the classic Coca-Cola design), a blue pair with red and white lettering, a white pair with light blue and red lettering spelling Koka in the light blue and Cola in the classic red, and finally a yellow pair with red lettering reading Ojo-Cola.
The Kith-Coca Cola-Converse high top Chuck 70 models.
All four pairs have a cream midsole with a green translucent outsole and are made with a frayed denim on the high-top instead of the traditional trimmed canvas upper. The phrase “We stand as one. We live as many” is written across the insoles. There is also a velcro Kitch bottlecap patch in place of the typical Converse Chuck Taylor All Star patch that is famous on chucks. These sneakers were just released August 17th for $150 and shut down the Kith.com website; these chucks will undoubtedly be a must-have for sneakerheads and lovers of chucks. If you are able to find them online or when they are restocked, make sure to get them as quick as you can, and pair it with an ice cold bottle of coke to match.
School is about to start for high school and college students all across the country. New classes, new friends and with that comes new clothes. The right pair of chucks can make you feel good, look good and make you confident for the new semester. Let’s talk about the most popular and most stylish Chuck Taylors right now. There is, of course, the Chuck Taylor All Star Classic that is one of the staples of the sneaker industry; the shoe is versatile, comes in many colors, and goes perfectly with a pair of basketball shorts or khaki shorts, something very casual.
For women, denim shorts are perfect as it lets there be room to see the whole shoe. There will undoubtedly be a few classmates wearing a pair throughout the year, no matter how big your class is. The low tops are much more popular for women, especially recently with the pastel trend going on. If you decide to go this way, try making everything else light and straightforward, with a pair of jeans and a white t-shirt. That way that pastel color still stands out in your look.
The Converse All Star Chuck Taylor 70 Off-White high top.
If you’re looking to go all out this school year, try to find the Off-White 70s chucks. The Off-White collaborations have been quite popular for sneakerheads. The chucks are dynamic and different with their transparent look. Make sure to get a dark pair of cuffed jeans so that the shoe is the star of your outfit. Also, clean socks are key to the look.
School is right around the corner, which means that it is about time for every retail and online store to have their back to school day sales. Of course, with kids entering a new year, it’s also time for back to school clothes. Chuck Taylor sneakers continue to be very popular with kids headed back to school. Converse has you covered whether you are a kid, excited about a new year or a parent, looking to buy some new shoes for your kids right before school.
One of the best things about chucks is the variety. Whether that be in the color, design or sizes, a pair of chucks is available for just about any look desired. It doesn’t matter what kind of clothes you may be buying; you can find a pair of chucks that match. If you are a kid or a parent, there is no need to worry about what trends that are going around, because Converse All Stars are consistently fashionable. A pair of chucks is always a smart option because they go well with whatever school clothing your kid is wearing.
These kids are ready for school with new pairs of chucks.
Another great thing for any buyer is the how inexpensive the shoes are, especially for children who may grow out of their shoe size in a year or two. Kids who wear youth sizes can get a pair of chucks for $35 to $45, in many different colors and in high, mid or low top. These prices are extremely helpful for people that are shopping on a budget or want to buy multiple pairs of chucks.
In the week leading up to Comic Con 2018, Netflix dropped the first teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 3. The trailer is set up as a faux commercial for the brand new Starcourt Mall in Hawkins, Indiana, the fictional town that Stranger Things takes place in. Like all of Stranger Things, this commercial is totally 1980s, highlighting Walkmans and RadioShack, and featuring a bevy of neon graphics and star wipes. The commercial also focuses on the ice cream parlor Scoops Ahoy!, which features everyone’s favorite babysitter Steve Harrington decked out in a full sailor’s outfit and greeting us with a reluctant “Ahoy”. Ahoy indeed.
Starcourt mall promises to be an important location for the third season of Stranger Things.
Being set in the 80s, this ad features a lot of teens dressed in denim jackets, crunchy hair, and chucks. There are so many shots of chucks in this trailer, the majority of these being teens shopping at the many stores advertised. The wardrobes help set the time and place, and assure us that the show is keeping the 1980s nostalgia train rolling. This ad primarily sets up Starcourt Mall as an important location for season three, similar to how the high school and arcade were key parts of seasons 1 and 2. It will be interesting how Steve’s new job and this new location will affect the gang as they deal with the fallout from the end of season two. This mall is also a prime location to be taken over by the Upside Down, which will be an awesome sight. The trailer closes with the tagline that Starcourt Mall will be coming to Hawkins next summer, which could also serve as a clue about when season three will be coming to Netflix.
Hip Hop and fashion have always gone hand and hand, and especially sneakers. The likes of RUN DMC (My Adidas), and Wale (Nike Boots & The White Shoes) have made songs in hip-hop about the shoes they wear. Sneakers are a part of hip-hop culture and play a significant role. Chuck Taylors have always and still are one of the most significant contributors to that. While sneakers such as Jordans and Adidas and now even Yeezys are often referenced in hip-hop, Chuck Taylors have had their fair share of references from countless amount of rappers.
Tupac references chucks in the famous hit “California Love” saying “In L.A. we wearing chucks, not Ballys,” while the “Gucci Chuck Taylors with the dragon on the side” line will be remembered by anyone who has heard Clipse’s hit “Grindin.” Even recently there's been lines like “Still dirty Chuck Taylors, still hanging with the gangstas” on Machine Gun Kelly’s 2017 single ‘Golden God.’ Chucks have been a symbol of Machine Gun Kelly’s “EST” movement and relate to the motto, “Lace Up.” When the Cleveland rapper was asked by DJ Vlad why he still wears chucks despite having so much money now, MGK responded: “I like kids that see me and be like yo, he’s one of us.” If you go to a Machine Gun Kelly concert, you will see people ranging from all different races, and walks of life but one thing is almost uniformly similar, most of his fans will be wearing Converse, it’s a connection that everyone can make together.
Farthest left (Machine Gun Kelly) Top middle (Wiz Khalifa)
Top bottom (Lil Wayne) and Farthest Right (Drake)
The likes of Wiz Khalifa and Vince Staples have both combined with Converse to make their own unique collection line. Khalifa contributed three different sneakers, two being in the ‘Converse All Star Swag High Top’ line, while the Pittsburgh native rapper also has a regular ‘All Star High Top’ line. Staples collection is an Orange and Black ‘Chuck 70 High Top’ Converse as well as an Orange Low Top version. The colors themes are inspired by his album “Big Fish Theory.” Chuck Taylors are a staple in hip-hop and everywhere in life. As long as Converse keep striving, you will continue to hear chucks being referenced in your favorite songs and worn by your favorite rappers.
The NFL season is about to begin. That means that many fans will be wearing their respective team colors on every Sunday, sometimes Monday, or even Thursday night. Of course, wearing the colors of your team may be extremely different from the colors you wear casually in everyday life. Many of the NFL jerseys may cause conflict with your shoes, For example, if you usually wear red or blue shoes but you are a Green Bay Packers fan, the contrast might not look too good.
Luckily, wearers of Converse Chuck Taylors have many options to make a custom pair in your team colors, so you don’t have anything to worry about. Starting at $75 for shoes with classic canvas uppers, you can create a pair from their 24 color choices on the Converse website.. Some teams have two colors like the Pittsburgh Steelers (black and gold) or the Oakland Raiders (black and grey) while others have three like the New York Giants (royal blue, red, and white) and the Minnesota Vikings (purple, white, gold). You can also have leather or Chuck 70 pairs made for $100 to $110.
A custom designed pair of high tops for team colors of red, gold and navy blue.
Many of the teams have at least one color that matches the classic core colors or common seasonal colors issued by Converse, so you can go simple and purchase a pair of chucks for the regular price. Just get a pair that matches one color and get some shoelaces for the second and/or third color. This is a great way to support your team and keep things subtle. Use our Buy Shoelaces links to access our large inventory of shoelaces. For new shoes get the ball rolling by clicking on one of the Buy High Tops or Low Cuts links that will take you to one of our affiliate stores. Then you will be dressed in style for the kickoff of the NFL season.
Tis the season for Americana. The Fourth of July is the celebrated “anniversary” of the United States’ signing of The Declaration of Independence, and is often considered America’s birthday. It’s the day of year where we as a nation fire up the BBQ pits, light some pyrotechnics, and cover ourselves in red, white, and blue garb. The first parts seem pretty straight forward, just grab some hot dogs and head to your local fireworks booth. However, the last part is more nuanced than you might think. Sure you could deck yourself out in an Uncle Sam costume and carry around Captain America’s shield, or you could look just take a peak in your closet towards your trusty chucks.
The All-American shoe in red, white, and blue.
Making your chucks the perfect shoe for the Fourth isn’t too hard of a task. For starters, the iconic All-Star ankle patch is always red, white, and blue which can make any pair of chucks patriotic. If you happen to own a pair of the classic white chucks, their simple red and blue accents make them the perfect shoes to celebrate America’s independence. You can even quickly spice up this classic look by switching out the default white laces with some red or blue ones. This also goes for red chucks or blue chucks, as there are tons of combinations that’ll look great. So show your pride this Fourth of July without breaking the bank on festive outfits that you’ll only wear once a year. Put together your own patriotic outfit with chucks!
Father’s Day is the time of year where we all celebrate the man that has always been our rock, and our shoulder to cry on. The one who’s always offered up a pep talk when needed, and told you buck up from time to time: our dads. It’s time to show your appreciation for all the field trip chaperoning, vacation headaches, and practices made. This is dad’s day to really show how much he’s meant to you over the years, and there's no better shoe to do that in than chucks. Whether you’re a daughter or a son, you and your dad can wear a matching pair of chucks this Dad’s Day, and there are plenty of things to do while in them.
Intergenerational chucks wear is very cool.
Chucks are the perfect shoes for Father’s Day activities with your dad. Spend the day hiking in the great outdoors, enjoying the beauty of nature and quality time with your dad. Maybe take a fishing trip and relax as you two just catch up after a long time away from each other. Chucks are also a great shoe to enjoy a summer of sports with your dad. Maybe play an old game of catch or head out to the ballpark to check out your favorite major league team. Finally, there’s always the good old fashioned Father’s Day BBQ, where you and your dad can match chucks as you fire up the grill and serve a feast. Whatever you and dad decide to do this Father’s Day, you can’t go wrong as long as you do it together and in a pair of chucks. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
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Shoe City has been a long time retailer for Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars in southern California. Their stores have always been a good place to pick up a new pair of chucks. Started as a retail chain in the heart of Los Angeles thirty years ago, Shoe City now has over 35 retail stores located in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. With shoecity.com, the company now makes their many lines of shoes avalable through the Internet to customers nationwide and internationally. Processing of your order is quick, and the shoeboxes are tightly wrapped to protect them during shipping.
High top chucks display at the Whitter, California store.
It's real easy to get started. Our ordering pages for chucks are organized into three pages, one for high tops, one for low tops/oxfords, and the third for little kid’s chucks. On that page you can find crib shoes for infants, and modified adult models in high top and low cut for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school kids who wear youth shoe sizes. In addition to our home page links, everyone of our feature pages has a footer which includes links to these three Chuck Taylor ordering pages. With the long days of summer just ahead, it’s time to add to your rotation of chucks with a new pair!
The NBA playoffs have been in full effect for just over a month now, and as of this writing we’re down to four teams vying for a shot at the championship. In the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are embroiled in a heated series, that could be Lebron James’ last in a Cavaliers uniform. In the Western Conference, the two best teams in the league, the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, have squared off for a trip to the Finals. In its continued partnership with the NBA, Converse has released their Custom NBA Chuck 70’s line that offer fans the perfect way to show their fandom during the Finals, upcoming NBA Draft, and offseason.
No matter who makes it to the NBA Finals this year, fans can show their team spirit with these customizable chucks.
The Custom NBA Chuck 70’s line features models of ten NBA teams, including all four teams that remain in the playoffs. The highlight of this line is how it allows you to mix and match your team’s color scheme with Converse website’s customization feature. Think the Laker model doesn’t have enough purple? Add more wherever you like and create your own way to show your team pride. Each pair of chucks comes with four hook and loop patches that can be switched out whenever, allowing you to restyle your look each time you lace them up. This includes three patches that feature the team’s primary, secondary, and wordmark logos, and the traditional Converse All-Star patch. The shoe also features the NBA logo at the front end of the racing stripe on the rubber sidewall, to tie in the branding even more. The Converse Custom NBA Chuck 70’s retail for $95, and are a pretty cool way to show off your love for your favorite NBA team as another exciting season comes to its climactic conclusion.
Right about now is the time of year where millions of kids take the stage to receive the thing many have worked their whole lives for: a diploma. Whether that’s high school or college, graduation day is one of the biggest moments in a young person’s life. It marks the end of adolescence and the beginning of true adulthood. That being said, when you graduates do end up taking the stage in the coming weeks, keep in mind that the ceremony is long and that there’s a fair amount of walking involved. You’ll want to be comfortable and there’s no better shoe for this occasion that your trusty Chuck Taylors.
Congratulations to all the graduates this year!
On top of all that comfort, there’s also the symbolic reason to wear your chucks on graduation day. Over the years, chucks have become synonymous with youth and freedom, so it’s only appropriate that you wear chucks on your last true day of your childhood, and the last day where the freedom of youth still applies to you. Chucks also represent individuality and there’s no better way to make a statement about who you are than to wear the shoes that brought you to the dance. The shoes that stayed on your feet throughout the innocence of childhood, the drama of your teens, and the growth of young adulthood. Chucks have been with you all your life, and will stick with you when the going gets rough after the grad caps have been thrown. So show your appreciation for the real All Stars, and, if your school has a stricter dress code about what you can wear under that gown, show your Converse love with a decorated cap. Whatever you decide, congratulations to all the graduates of 2018, and go forth into the future knowing that when the road seems long and hard, you can’t count of your chucks to be with you till the end.
You can see a photo gallery of some graduates wearing chucks with their caps and gowns in this new photo gallery. If you are planning to wear chucks at your graduation, or if you did so in the past, send us a photo of it, and we will add it to our graduation gallery. We prefer full photos, not just the shoes, so everyone can see how cool you look wearing chucks with your cap and gown. Send your photos (and caption) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are starting 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 email@example.com.
The most important holiday of the year is just around the corner, and that day is of course, Mother’s Day! Spending this day with your mother can be one of the highlights of the year, and there is no better shoe to do it in than chucks! Chucks are the perfect Mother’s Day shoe because of their ability to be worn by everybody! You and your mom will look great in your matching chucks, and some coordinated outfits may just be the extra touch to let your mom know how special she is to you. The comfort of chucks make them the perfect shoe for a some outdoor activities with mom, possibly a Mother’s Day hike. Chucks are also a great option for a Mother’s Day brunch, as sipping mimosas with mom while certainly offer some great memories.
Match your chucks with your mom on Mother’s Day!
The important thing is that you spend time with your mom on Mother’s Day. Take her out, show her a good time, or even just give her a phone call. In this current age of technology where you can video chat at a moment’s notice, there’s no reason to not make time for your mom on Mother’s Day. Your mom is the most important person in your life. She is the woman that births you into this world, and is the first person to show you love. Our mom’s raise us and sacrifice so much so that we can grow into good people that it’s on us to show our appreciation, not just on Mother’s Day, but everyday of our lives.
Spring is traditionally the time to go through your closet and sort through your clothing to see what you want to keep and what you want to pass on to someone else. If you have a couple of pairs of chucks in there, you should take a look at them and see what you can do to make them ready to wear again if they still have life in them, usable soles, and intact features. With a little tender loving care, those chucks can be easily brought back to life. If the toe caps, front grids, and outer foxing are dirty, it is a simple matter to clean and restore them with Star Cleaner for Chucks. We sell Star Cleaner on this website, and this product is highly recommended for making your chucks look new again. Check out our feature about Star Cleaner in the Articles Page for more information and pictures of how it works on a well worn pair of chucks.
Give your older pairs of chucks new life with Star Cleaner.
A little soap and water applied from a washcloth is the best way to clean the canvas uppers. Do not put them in the washing machine, as that will wash out some of their color and weaken the tensile strength of the fabric. Another quick fix is to replace the old dirty shoelaces with a brand new pair. Those simple fixes are inexpensive and will provide you with a rotation of chucks to wear. One of the best ways to make your chucks last a long time is to rotate your pairs. This gives each pair more time to dry out after each day of wear which greatly increases their longevity.
Spring is finally here, and after a cold and crazy winter, your first inclination may be to look at all the outdoor activities you can do. However, let’s take a moment to fully look at what else maybe going on this Spring in the great indoors. With the releases of Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s 8, and Incredibles 2 all taking place before the beginning of Summer, there’s going to be plenty of opportunities to spend your days in a movie theatre this season, and no shoe is better for your moviegoing experience than chucks. The unrivaled comfort and casual style of chucks make them the perfect shoe to wear while you kick back and watch the most anticipated films of the year. You can even show you’re true fandom by wearing branded or customized All-Stars to the cinema.
The perfect shoe for seeing the cinematic event a decade in the making!
However, if you’re really dead set on going outside for the first time in months, then chucks are still your best option this Spring. Whether it’s on hike through the fresh blooming flowers, or at the Spring cookout with the family, chucks are the classic and stylish option that work for every occasion. Through their past as an athletic shoe, chucks work great as the shoe of choice for pickup basketball games at the park, or even a classic Sandlot-esque game of baseball. For the Spring, bright colors are a great option when buying new chucks, and if you’re feeling really bold, maybe go with a pastel color. So whether you’re spending the season in a air conditioned theatre, or enjoying the beauty of nature outside, chucks are the go to option this Spring.
Over the past decade or so, YouTube’s open platform has led to the rise of many comedy channels. In fact, comedy channels such as Smosh, Rooster Teeth, Ryan Higa, Jenna Marbles, JacksFilms, KSI and others are some of the earliest YouTube success stories, and are still ranked among the top when it comes to subscribers and views. Even though YouTube may now be primarily seen as a platform for video game content and movie trailers, it still has plenty of thriving comedy channels. Studio C is a sketch comedy TV show from Provo, Utah, that started out as the BYU sketch comedy troupe Divine Comedy, which all of the Studio C cast members are current or former members of. The show airs on BYUTV, and also uploads twice a week to their YouTube channel. Over the years, the troupe has amassed over 1.7 million subscribers and 1.3 billion views on their main channel, with over 800 videos in their catalog.
Studio C cast member Jason Gray wears black chucks in the sketch “A Royal Swing and a Miss”.
Originally planned to be called Common Room, the name was changed to Studio C as a tribute to the studio in the BYU Broadcasting Building where the show is filmed in front of a live audience. The show follows a similar mold to other sketch comedy shows such as SNL, MadTV, and In Living Color, but aims to add a family friendly twist to their content. This means wholesome comedy for the whole family, and while some may think that would detract from the jokes or make them lame, it actually isn’t a hindrance at all. The jokes are so good that they don’t need to be raunchy or profane, and on a place as wild as the internet, a little bit of family-friendly content can be refreshing. Besides the comedy, the cast can be seen wearing chucks in nearly every video, which adds another layer of Americana to this wholesome act. Some good videos to check out are “A Royal Swing and A Miss”, “Werewolf”, “Top Soccer Shootout Ever With Scott Sterling”, and “The Drop”. This is definitely the type of channel where you can spend a whole day binge watching videos, so check it out when you’ve got a few hours to kill!
Converse has recently released a new edition to the chucks family, and it’s a bold one. The new Chuck Taylor “Wordmark” line has hit the stores and is the perfect look if you’re looking to go big this Spring. The “Wordmark” line comes in three varieties with colors differing depending on shoe model. Let’s start with the classic high and low top chucks, which retail between $65-$75 and are now on sale for under $50. These are the classic chucks that you’ve always loved, but feature the word “CONVERSE” emblazoned around the shoe. The low top only comes in one color, a white shoe with blue lettering. However, the high top variety comes in two color schemes: a red, yellow, and green version, and a simple black and white one. This brightly colored red, yellow, and green model is particularly appealing as it offers the perfect color scheme for both the Spring and Summer seasons. It’s also the perfect shoe for Marvel fans, as it matches the classic comic book color scheme for Vision. With Avengers: Infinity War a few weeks away from release, these shoes are an excellent choice for your premiere night wardrobe. See a complete photo gallery of this model.
Right inside patch and top views of the red, green and yellow wordmark high top.
Outside view of the red, green, and yellow wordmark right high top.
Finally, let’s take a look at the Chuck 70 model. This model differs from the high and low top chucks in two ways. The first is that they’re leather rather than canvas, and the second is that rather than have the word “CONVERSE” around the shoe, it features a single large “C” on the side stitched in wool. This variety retails for $100, and comes in three different color scheme: Red, Black, and Navy. So whether you’re in the market for some interesting color choices, a big bold aesthetic, or a revamped classic, the Converse “Wordmark” line is a must get.
On February 28th, 2018, Marvel Comics released the 300th issue of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. The issue resolves the “Most Wanted” arc which saw Spider-Man engage in a battle of wits and fists against one of his greatest foes, The Tinkerer. This comic serves as a companion series to the more famous The Amazing Spider-Man series, and explores the daily life of the wall crawler while focusing on his smaller stories and acts of heroism. This tricentennial issue proudly features a gorgeous cover that has Peter Parker changing into his iconic costume in front of a large neon sign that reads “300”. His civilian attire includes a white dress shirt, blue pants, and a maroon pair of chucks tied by the laces around his neck.
The landmark cover of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 features Peter Parker with a pair of maroon chucks around his neck as he changes into his Spider-Man uniform.
The fact that Peter is dressed in his color scheme and in chucks is not a coincidence, as this is not the first time the wall crawler has been featured in chucks. The character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man has actually had a very long history with the Chuck Taylor All Star, dating back to his inception. Throughout the Andrew Garfield led Amazing Spider-Man film series, the character of Peter Parker wears chucks. The character is again seen wearing chucks in his latest solo outing, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is Spider-Man’s first film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, Peter Parker has also been drawn as a chucks wearer multiple times over the course of his nearly 60 year history. The image of Peter Parker in chucks is used so often because it’s a match made in heaven. Chucks have always been considered the shoe of the underdog, and Spider-Man is the ultimate underdog superhero.
Vince Staples has had a long history with chucks. As one of the hottest up and coming hip-hop artists out there, Vince has featured and worn chucks in several of his music videos. He has also appeared in numerous video campaigns for Converse, including their mini-documentary on the relationship between chucks and the city of Los Angeles, of which Vince is a native. So, it was only fitting for Vince to team up with Converse to create his own set of merchandise for his upcoming Life Aquatic Tour, giving his fans a signature look that’s unique and fresh.
Vince Staples modeling his new collection of Converse clothing.
This collection consists of two different color schemes and heights of the Chuck ’70 and two different color schemes of an original hoodie. The chucks come in two variants: a low top option in orange and high top option in black. Both variants come emblazend with Vince Staples branding all over the shoe. There’s the word “fish” printed on the tongue, the word “sea” printed on the heel stay, and “Staples” stitched in tonal embroidery on the collar. The hoodies also come in both orange and black options, and have the same “SEA” wordmark that the shoes have. The collection is heavily influenced by Vince’s latest album “Big Fish Theory”, using the album cover art for the design of the translucent sole. The overall design of the collection are wholly unique to Vince, and is very clean, simple, and fresh. This really is the ultimate merchandise for fans of Vince, and the perfect getup to wear to any of the concerts on his tour.
How do you express love with a pair of chucks? Certainly red colored chucks could do this, with that color associated with Valentine’s Day. You could wear matching red pairs like you see in this month’s cartoon, accessible from our home page or the books and comics page. Adding a pair of red chucks to your rotation or giving a pair to your true love is a cool way to spread your love of chucks to someone else. There are also seasonal chucks that have heart pattern uppers sold in department stores like Kohl’s.
Are red chucks your true love?
One of the best things about chucks is that they are a unisex shoe, so anyone can lace up a pair as a normal part of their clothing collection. Wearing a pair, especially a color like red, can brighten up your day and your outlook on life. And they do attract attention if you want someone or a special person to notice you. Certainly your feet wll love wearing them. Another reason to get a new pair at Valentine’s Day is they are a reminder that spring is on its way. That’s something we can all look forward to.
Converse has just announced eight new seasonal models for 2018. The new colors are Barely Rose, Green, Hyper Magenta, Hyper Royal, Maroon, Orange, Purple, and Saddle Brown. These new issue chucks are available in high top and low top models, and come in half sizes. Maroon and Purple are returnees from 2017. There could be some confusion regarding the Green, Orange, and Purple models, as these shades are different from models in previous years, but do not have any qualifiers that would help to more accurately describe them. The green shoe is very close to an olive green, and the orange shoe is a bright orange this year.
Barely Rose, Green, Hyper Magenta, Hyper Royal, Maroon, Orange, Purple, and Saddle Brown.
Although the maroon and purple models retain their prices from previous years, the other models are now priced at $65 for high tops, and $60 for low top oxfords, which is actually higher than the retail price for core colors. Time will tell how well these new colors at a higher price will sell. It is also expected that additional colors will be released later in the year.
The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held this past weekend, and the stars of TV and film were out in full force. As we all know, a major part of every award show is the red carpet ceremony, and all the fashion that is on display. So, donning gorgeous gowns and dashing suits, Hollywood’s biggest actors and actresses walked the red carpet before the awards were handed out, and attempted to make the various “Best Dressed” lists for the night. However, one young actress in particular stood out amongst all the Versace, Calvin Klein, Valentino, and Vera Wang, and she did it all in a pair of white Chuck Taylors.
Millie Bobby Brown wearing low top optical white chucks on the SAG Awards red carpet.
Millie Bobby Brown has long been a wearer of chucks and Converse products. She was on the first episode of Converse Public Access with Maisie Williams, she has hosted the Chucks in Film series, and she has worn chucks while playing the character Eleven on Netflix’s Stranger Things. However, Brown’s love of chucks has never been more apparent than when she wore a pair of optical white All Stars on the SAG Red Carpet, pairing these pristine, low top chucks with a glittering, baby pink gown. Her shoes were especially highlighted thanks to her gown stopping just above the knee, which allowed the chucks to really shine. However, the ensemble wasn’t too casual, as her dress has a flowing train attached to it that elevated her whole look. Basically, it was the perfect blend of the casual and formal worlds of style, while staying true to who she is.
As we look ahead to the year 2018, you can be sure that The ChucksConnection will continue to report on new Converse releases throughout the year, other developments affecting the brand and their Chuck Taylor line of sneakers, and interesting features about people who like to wear chucks. You can also look forward to reports and reviews about new films and television series with chucks in them, along with music video reviews and information about musicians and entertainers who like to wear chucks. We continue to make available for your information, research, and enjoyment hundreds of articles, features, books, photo galleries, and comics about chucks and the chucks lifestyle. And we remain your best source for shoelaces and cleaner for your chucks.
Rock out in your chucks this year.
Happy New Year! Stay laced and active in your chucks all during 2018.
Every year the NFL does something special called My Cause, My Cleats. During Week 13 of the regular season, NFL players are allowed to break the usually strict uniform rules by playing in custom colored cleats. These cleats showcase different charities and causes that are important to each individual player. Some of these designs highlight causes and charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of America, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer Awareness, and even their own personal charities. My Cause, My Cleats is a great way to raise awareness and allow NFL player to express themselves.
The Oakland Raiders cheerleaders show off their colored chucks that represent a specific cause.
This year the Oakland Raiders cheerleaders (a.k.a. The Raiderettes) wanted to join in the cause. However, since cheerleaders don’t actually wear cleats, they decided to highlight specific charities by wearing colored chucks instead. They did this during their warm up routine before the team's game against the New York Giants. These colors and causes include blue chucks for Boys & Girls Club of America, purple for Alzheimer’s disease/Domestic Violence, red for HIV/AIDS, white for bone disease, black for fallen loved ones/ POW-MIA, and pink for Breast Cancer awareness. The Raiderettes also took to their Instagram page to highlight these chucks. It’s good to see that this yearly event is spreading to more than just the cleats on players feet. It’s important to highlight and champion whatever charity is important to you, and it’s heartwarming to see so many using their enormous platform to show off so many worthy causes.
The Fall season is in full swing, which means that rain, sleet, and snow are right around the corner. With that in mind, Converse has released a new line of winter wear that includes new outerwear jackets, and a new line of waterproof Chuck Taylor boots. Converse says that they are “like a regular sneaker but water repellent”, promising a stylish yet protective shoe to keep you feet dry. To ensure that, they’ve made this line of waterproof boots out of Nubuck leather. What is Nubuck leather? Nubuck is top-grain cattle leather that is very resistant to wear, and is similar to suede. It is has more strength and thickness and a finer grain than sueda though, and is generally more expensive. Nubuck is soft to the touch, and does not stain from water, making them the perfect combination of comfort and protection.
Besides the nubuck uppers, the shoes feature an inner layer of extra protection, a bootie around your ankles. They are treated with a counter climate process that keeps water out. They have extra thick outer soles to help prevent slipping when walking in the rain. The insole is Lunarlon. They have built in hooks on the back spines so you can hang them to dry out if they get really wet on the outside. Their color design is monochrome on the sangria and the black models, and like the Chuck Taylor II for the gray and brown models. The matching shoelaces are narrow round. Both the ankle patch and the ankle patch are embossed and blended into the shoes.
A sangria Chuck Taylor waterproof boot. Click here to see a complete photo gallery.
Converse has released these Nubuck boots in four distinct colors: Black, Sangria, Grey, and Brown. However, the latter two are styled in the same way as the Chuck Taylor II’s, so, unless you’re someone who enjoys that style, you may want to avoid gray and brown. We recommend going with the Black and Sangria monochrome models instead, as they are stylish, and go with most any ensemble you can put together. The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Waterproof Nubuck boots cost $120 on Converse.com, which is comparable to most casual, waterproof boots. However, no competitor can match the style and comfort that Converse provides with these new Chuck Taylor boots.
With winter coming up, rain and snow are becoming more frequent. With that in mind, you may have to start playing your favorite sports and working out inside where it’s warm and dry from now on. This offers chuck lovers the chance to put their All Stars to use playing and working out indoors. We all know that the Chuck Taylor All Star was originally a basketball shoe designed by player/spokesperson Chuck Taylor. It was an immensely popular choice amongst collegiate and pro players throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, but fell by the wayside with the rise of Nike, Adidas, and Jordan in the 80’s and 90’s. However, the Chuck Taylor is still a viable basketball shoe for anybody playing a pickup game down at the rec center. Why buy an expensive pair of new basketball shoes when you can wear the same classic pair you wear everyday? If the shoes worked for players like Wilt Chamberlain and Bob Cousy as they won NBA Championships, then they’ll work for you down at the local rec center or gym.
A classic that can still be played on the court today. Chucks make for an ideal weightlifting shoe.
Over the years, chucks have been adopted by other indoor sports that are a far cry from their basketball origins. The best example of this has been the appropriation of the Chuck Taylor All Star into weightlifting culture. Chucks have been a favorite of weightlifters for their classic style and flat, un-padded sole, which was difficult to find for a time in this age of ultra padded and contoured soles. This is a key aspect for many lifters choosing a shoe as padded soles disperse and displace energy, which impedes the force applied to the ground when lifting. The connection between a weightlifter and the ground must be solid so the body can tell where to implement the right amount of force, and padded soles in modern shoes simply don’t allow that kind of connection. In recent years many companies have been offering minimalist soles much like the Chuck Taylor, but for many lifters, the simple chuck is still king in gyms across the country, proving that the simple things are sometimes the best option. So this winter, make sure to keep a pair of chucks in your gym bag and on your feet as you take your physical exercise and recreation indoors.
For Fall, 2017, Converse has released a new NBA Collection of team basketball shoes. The collection has three lines, the Chuck ’70 NBA Gameday, Chuck ’70 NBA Legend, and the Chuck SE NBA Franchise. The Gameday series is a limited edition of only 250 pairs per team, one for each of the thirty NBA teams. The uppers are made out of real NBA jerseys, which means each shoe may look a little different depending on size and the cut of the jersey. The inside has a nice, comfortable sockliner and Converse says that the Chuck ’70 is built to the specs that used to dominate the NBA. They don't have the actual look of vintage chucks , due to the lack of racing stripes, and their all white foxing and outer soles. The other bad news is that each pair is $250, and many of the editions have already sold out.
Outside view of a Golden State Warrior Chuck SE NBA Franchise high top.
Click here to see a photo gallery of this model.
The Chuck ’70 NBA Legend models are dedicated to just five teams, the Boston Celtics (black and white), the Golden State Warriors (blue and white), the Chicago Bulls (black and red), The New York Knicks (monochrome black), and the Los Angeles Lakes (white and blue trim). They have leather uppers but no racing stripes on their monochrome black or all white outer foxing. These shoes price at $150. For chucks enthusiasts who want their chucks closer to their original design, there are Chuck SE NBA Franchise models which price at $90. There are currently twelve different team models available. They have print uppers and ankles patches that coordinate with their team colors. They do have the traditional toe caps and racing stripes. Consumer demand seems to be great for these basketball shoes, so if you are interested in a pair, act fast.
Converse has recently suggested that you introduce new pairs of chucks into your regular rotation. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some different colors and designs you can introduce into your shoe lineup today. Let’s start with some different ideas for the Fall and Winter seasons. If you’re a sports fan then you know that the NFL, NBA, and NHL seasons will be dominating your schedule in the coming months. Now is the perfect time of year to show off your team pride by adding team color chucks to enhance your game day look. For NBA fans, you may know that Converse has recently released a whole new NBA lineup of chucks. However, if you’d rather not splurge on these pre-made models, you can always create your own through the chucks customizer. Combine team colors of your favorites to create the perfect game day look.
(left) Chucks for the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Lakers, San Jose Sharks, and Cleveland Cavaliers (right) The chucks color possibilities are endless!
If you’re not a sports fan, but you’re tired of the wearing the same classic black chucks every day, try adding a pair of seasonal colors or maybe something bold and different you’ve never worn before. Spice it up with colors that aren’t your status quo, like bright purples, golds, oranges or pinks. Try out a different design pattern like camouflage, floral, or a branded pattern like DC’s Justice League to have your chucks really stand out. A true chucks super fan could have different pairs of chucks for specific outfits, and step up their game by having fully coordinated outfits that highlight the different chucks they own. Different colored shoelaces can provide another inexpensive way to sport team colors. It’s easy to get to this kind of fandom through our affiliate stores or create custom made chucks on the Converse website. The possibilities are near endless and are only limited by your sense of style and creativity.
Converse has recently launched a new digital show called “Converse Public Access”. The show is a parody of the sometimes wacky and hilarious realm of local public access television. The show also aims to “present the voice and visions of today’s youth”. Each week, a new host comes on and does the show their own special way. The first episode featured Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams, and a slew of guests playing games, talking about their lives, and parodying the random awkwardness of local public access TV. The second episode dials back on the games and randomness, and features Miley Cyrus acting as host. She has only one guest on, a young up and coming rapper named Buddy.
Miley Cyrus hosts this episode of Converse Public Access.
Buddy is a 24-year-old rapper from Compton, California who grew up performing in musicals such as The Wiz, Dreamgirls, and Oliver With A Twist. Miley does a great job interviewing a very talented young man who is unknown by most people, and letting them get a great sense of who he is. It’s a laid back interview conducted poolside in front of a dinosaur and a cow. There are other people there with Miley and Buddy, some of which are wearing chucks. Miley is wearing a pair of silver, shiny platform chucks. This episode is much more appealing to all audiences, rather than just the irreverent loving youth like last week was. It still has a lot of charm and humor though, and Miley does a surprisingly great job interviewing. Definitely check this episode out if you have the time.
There are plenty of oddities in this episode.
Converse has just released a new line of cartoon-themed chucks with print patterns containing Looney Tunes characters. For adults and bigger kids there are four different models, a Marvin the Martian high top, a Bugs & Daffy low top, and a Sylvester & Tweety high top. For little kids, the Marvin the Martian and Sylvester & Tweety high tops are available along with a Bugs Bunny grey high top. Marvin the Martian also comes in an infant/toddler model.
Outside view of a right Marvin the Martian high top.
The Marvin the Martian high top has an orange and black space background print, with Marvin on the outsides extending onto the white foxing, and the space dog Commander K-9 on the inside patch sides. The Chuck Taylor ankle patch is a sewn on black cirle with all the word and star in green. The toe caps and outer foxing are bright white, with black racing stripes, standard black heel patches. The back spine is all black as is the thread throughout the uppers. The shoelaces are black with a green aglet. The tongues feature a Looney Tunes patch at the top. On their backs inside the tongues, it reads “That’s all folks!” The insole is green and the inner canvas is black, as are the outer soles. The Sylvester & Tweety high tops feature prints of the characters on all white chucks. The shoes price at $65 for the adult models, $40 for the kids models, and $35 for the infant toddler shoe.
Converse has recently launched a new digital show called Converse Public Access. The show is a parody of the sometimes wacky and hilarious realm of local public access television. The show also aims to “present the voice and visions of today’s youth”. Each week, a new host comes on and interviews, plays games, and interacts with guests of their choosing. It’s an interesting concept, and you can easily tell the show is aimed at a younger demographic looking for irreverent humor. The first episode features Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams as host with guests Millie Bobby Brown, Flynn McGarry, Amandla Stenberg, and Syd. Each show also features all of the guests wearing some form of Converse shoe, with the first episode seeing them wear the Converse One Stars.
Host Maisie Williams and her first guest Millie Bobby Brown.
Your love of the show’s humor will vary based on your comedic tastes. The best comparison of this show is to the surreal comedy of The Eric Andre Show, as both shows parody the ridiculousness of low budget public access television. One negative of this first episode is that there wasn’t much love for the classic Chuck Taylors. All of the guests and Maisie were wearing the new line of Converse One Stars. One the one hand, it’s easy to see why Converse would make the One Star the focus of this show, since that shoe has been the focus of the brand for the majority of 2017. Hopefully future episodes and hosts rock the shoe that brought Converse to the dance, and highlight chucks in a new way. Overall, a great first episode that gives an interesting glimpse as to what this show will be, and leaves the audience looking forward to what the next host will bring to the table.
The first episode of Converse Public Access focuses on the Converse One Star.
Since early 2017, Converse has been running their “Forever Chuck” campaign through a series of advertisements and YouTube videos. These videos illustrate how chucks in pop culture and in specific cities have helped forge the iconic status of the brand, and show that those who wear it are “Forever Chuck” (We have actually covered the first two of these videos previously here on ChucksConnection.com which you can check out here and here). The finale of this campaign sees this ideal brought together through “a visual collage of the dreams and desires that drive a diverse cast of creative collaborators”. This last video focuses on the youth, and how they help shape and define the culture around chucks.
What does it mean to be “Forever Chuck”?
However, this sentiment has left some people feeling excluded, and those people have said that “Forever Chuck” only applies to millennials born in the mid to late 1990’s. These people though, are missing the point of the campaign. This campaign is meant to invoke the spirit of youth, not to say that only youth matters. The goal here is not to necessarily exclude the older generation of chucks fans, but remind them of why they fell in love with the shoe in the first place. This campaign is to remind you of those carefree summers in chucks, and the ideas that were dreamed up as you and friends looked to the future. The campaign’s goal is to make us all remember and reconnect with that spirit, and never let it go. We should all aim to be “Forever Chuck” because being “Forever Chuck” means that we are forever young and forever free.
Good condition black Converse All Stars can be worn with virtually any outfit, including a suit and tie. You probably wouldn’t want to wear them to a highly formal job interview, but in terms of everyday fashion they’re more than acceptable. The regular canvas All Stars are fine just the way they are, but if you’re looking to step your style game up to the next level, think about investing in a pair of leather All Stars.
You still probably wouldn’t want to wear the leather versions to a high stakes job interview, but just like their canvas counterparts, they break no rules in the unspoken laws of fashion. There’s something about leather shoes that gives them the appearance of being upper class, defiantly not snobbish, but undeniably more sophisticated. The shoes are sort of a style dichotomy composed of youthful informality and mature elegance. These styles rarely work together, like wearing a pair of Italian loafers with cargo shorts, but black leather chucks make the unusual combinations of fashion fit together perfectly.
Leather All Stars combine the elegance of fine leather dress shoes with the youthful spirit of chucks.
Aside from their unusual but nonetheless well-designed combination of fashion, the leather All Stars also have much to offer in terms of sheer functionality. Canvas is prone to rips, has a tendency to soak through with water, has a vulnerability to stains and the ink fades. The leather is a tougher alternative, as it is much more difficult to rip. They are by no means waterproof, but are slightly more water resistant as leather is . As for stains and fading ink, leather is far more resistant to staining and fading dye can be counteracted with black shoe polish. If back isn’t your color they also come in white, and are sold on the Converse and other websites for $70.
Fans of the DC universe have always expressed the love of their favorite characters and comics through clothing, flat brimmed hats featuring the Superman “S” emblem, black shirts bearing the bat insignia of Batman, and countless pins of characters that cover the upper half of jackets and the pockets of backpacks. Converse heard their cry for the display of super heroes and thus created the limited addition All Stars featuring DC’s most popular crime fighters, as well as their super-villain counterparts.
In reference to the recent Wonder Woman movie, this will focus on the Wonder Woman special edition high top. Both sides of the shoe displays a graphic of the most iconic and inspirational heroine in DC’s universe. The picture appears to be lifted directly out of the pages of a comic book. On the side bearing Converse’s “star” patch, there is a close of her face with her hair blowing in the breeze. The other side features her in a striking, heroic pose with a look a determination on her face and her signature golden “lasso of truth” gripped tightly in her hand. The laces, tongue and under side of the sole are black, the top of the tongue features Wonder Woman’s unmistakable winged “W” crest.
Chuck Taylor All Stars featuring the most iconic female protagonist of all time
The Wonder Woman special edition, or any of the DC hero/villain special edition All Stars are a perfect choice for a comic book convention, or just as a way to show a fan’s love of a particular character or comic.
Converse has released four new models in their Chuck ‘70 series of Chuck Taylor All Stars. Two of the models are high tops in Jade with black trim, and Midnight Blue. The other two models are low tops in Sangria, a dark red shade, and Rose, which is a pink color.
Jade and Midnight Blue All Star ‘70 high tops.
In January of 2014, Converse first released the Chuck ‘70 series of Chuck Taylor All Star athletic shoes, a line based on the manufacturing standards for chucks in the 1970s. This line of chucks restored of many of the features that were taken out of the shoes starting in the late 1980s for the purpose of cutting costs. They utilize the thicker and heightened rubber sidewalls and toe caps from the chucks of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, all cotton duck uppers, and tubular shoelaces (like the classc line available on this website. Chucks in those days were considered to be the top of the line basketball shoes, and were designed for the rigorous action of the game. A newer improvement is the incorporation of an OrthoLite foot bed to increase wearer comfort and improve support. Several of these new models come with matching shoelaces. For a complete description of the All Star ‘70 line of chucks see the longer feature in our articles section.
Rose and Sangria All Star ’70 low tops.
Beside these new models, the All Star ‘70 line are available in many of the Converse core colors and are part of the design your own chucks program.
If asked “why did you start wearing chucks?” many people will say something along the lines of “I thought they looked cool.” There’s nothing wrong with that response, chucks have been an undeniably cool fashion statement since the 1920s. While some people just wear them purely for fashion, there are those who wear chucks for a more personal reason. Austin Whitehead of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said “I fell in love with Converse the first time I saw my cousin wearing them and I literally bought the shoes off his feet. This was back in like Freshman or Sophomore year of High School. Ever since then, it’s the only brand of shoes I wear or buy, besides work shoes.”
Who wears the chucks in your family?
When Ariana Shields of Fort Worth, Texas was asked why she started wearing Converse, she said “Because my dad wore them when I was a kid — still does but not as frequently.” Ariana’s father Bradly Shields was then asked the same question, to which he said “I started wearing them in high school. I bought them because they were a good shoe for skate boarding.” Other people like Jason Becker of Erie, Pennsylvania, have a less personal role model who inspired their first pair of chucks. Jason said, “Honestly man it was Bart Simpson. I know he’s not actually wearing chucks, but they look pretty similar. Anyway, I got my first pair online, part of a special Simpsons edition. They were the ones that have the picture of Bart writing “I will not waste chalk on the black board.”
The Bart Simpson black high top.
Lisa van der Lynn of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania also had a fictional role model to influence her purchase. “I never really wore chucks before, I thought they were kind of cool, but they never really stuck out to me. Then I saw some special edition chucks All Stars with Harley Quinn and I just had to have them. I love them so much I only wear them to conventions so they don’t wear out.”
The Harley Quinn print high top.
Even though chucks are just plain stylish some people wear them for more than mere fashion. Whether it’s due to a Converse-wearing family member or a fictitious character, chucks can have a personal touch to them.
Now more than ever, the video game community has reached a momentous population and practically has its own culture. It’s so massive that the subcultures within the main video game culture have formed rivalries with each other. Be it Xbox vs PlayStation, Call of Duty vs Battlefield, Team Fortress 2 vs Overwatch, or Mario vs Sonic the gamers of this generation has always found ways to get into heated arguments on online forums.
Despite this, there are still a few things all gamers can agree on, and style is one of them. Thick rimmed glasses, and video game themed clothing and jewelry are typically part of any gaming enthusiast’s wardrobe, but more so than these are a pair of Converse. If you go to any Video Game convention, EB Games or any Game Stop, you’ll very likely to find at least one person wearing a pair of chucks.
Some models of tribute chucks for the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Brothers.
When it comes to why gamers choose Converse, it really depends on who you ask. For some, they wear chucks because the characters in their favorite games also wear them, such as Zoey from Left 4 Dead or Father Gregory from the Half Life series. For others, they choose Converse because of the connotations chucks have with the geeky/hipster sides of style. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume the majority of Converse owners wear them not for the athletic propose that they were originally designed for, but purely for their style. And hey, can you blame them?
When it comes to warm weather fashion for men, there isn’t much to talk about besides cargo shorts, tee shirts, and a pair of chucks. Regrdless of your footwear preferences, cargo shorts are the pants of choice these days for men. While some don’t consider them fashionable, cargo shorts are comfortable to wear and practical because you can carry everything you need in the variety of pockets. Cell phone, wallet, keys, glasses all have their place in a pair of cargo shorts so you are not stuck having to carry anything else and everything you need is right there with you.
Cargo shorts with grey, classic black, and optical white high top chucks.
In places where the weather is warm most of the year, you see guys of all ages wearing nothing but cargo shorts most of the time. Certainly it is their preference. Pair them up with a tee shirt and your favorite pair of chucks and you have a winning combination.
Cargo shorts with black, white, and natural white low cut chucks.
Although many like to wear their chucks without socks in the summer, if you do a lot of walking, wear socks. A basic pair of quarter high socks works well with high tops and no show socks worn with low tops protect your feet and will be more comfortable. This is certainly advisable if you are breaking in a new pair of chucks. The low profile of these socks allows you to show plenty of leg, basically the same look as with no socks. You can see that look in the gray high top (white quarter) and natural white low top (black no show) images above.
We all know that a pair of chucks is great footwear for any casual occasion, and for many people that includes going to school or work. For some, that desire to wear their favorite high top or low top chucks extends to formal wear, a suit, or even a tuxedo. This change in attitude has taken place over the past twenty years or so to the point where you can regularly see advertisements of adults and kids wearing business suits with brand new pair of chucks, something now considered hip and fashionable. There are also many reports of weddings where the entire party is decked out in tuxedos and matching pairs of chucks.
Ads showing kids wearing suits, wedding parties wearing chucks with formal wear.
Where did trend come from? Going back in time to the 1990s, two examples come to mind. Filmmaker and comedian Woody Allen was up for an award at a formal presentation ceremony, and he wore the standard black and white tuxedo with a pair of brand new black high top chucks. The reaction at the time was, here is Allen making another funny commentary. But when you look at it, the crisp art deco look of a pair of black high top chucks — with its black canvas uppers and racing stripes contrasted with smooth white outer foxing, toe caps, stitching and shoelaces — is a perfect match to the black tuxedo jacket, trousers and cummerbund, starched white shirt, and black bow tie. Another such moment was when we saw Disney CEO Michael Eisner in a three piece suit kicking back at his desk and putting his feet up, wearing a pair of black high tops, as part of his introduction to the film The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
These celebrities look great wearing chucks with suits.
With today’s trend of wearing sneakers all the time gaining in popularity, you will continue to see more adults wearing them with business and formal attire. As adults have footwear choices, wearing chucks with a suit has to be a conscious decision. However, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to wear a fine looking suit with an old beat up pair of chucks, so the expectation is that your chucks look brand new, or close to that. If you want to sport this style, but don’t want to run out and buy a brand new pair, there are a couple of ways to make a worn pair look brand new. Get yourself some Star Cleaner and use it to restore your toe caps and outer foxing to a clean state. If your shoelaces have gotten dirty, replace them with a new pair. This upgrade will cost under $15 and the cleaner will last for many cleanings of your favorite pairs of chucks. Many celebrities like this look, so why not join them?
Correspondent Marcus Angelo writes: Can a city have an identity? Can it have its own look, its own style? To answer this you have to ask yourself what you see when you hear the name of the city. New York. Chicago. Paris. London. Los Angeles. Now what was it that you saw? Was it a famous landmark, perhaps a sports team? When I think of L.A., the first thing that comes to mind is the people. It’s the people of every neighborhood and city in the L.A. area, from South Central to Hollywood, from Malibu to the Inland Empire. The people of L.A. are like none I’ve ever met before. Their attitude, heart, and style is completely unique, and it’s that last facet of style that is so iconic, and so indelible to the culture of the city that it is the topic of discussion for today.
Runners participate in a marathon in East L.A.
When I say “L.A. style”, what do you first think of? Is it the style of a surfer on the beach in Malibu, or that of a boy trying to make a living in Compton, or maybe that of a celebrity in Beverly Hills strolling down Rodeo? The L.A. style is so unique because of how it’s an amalgamation of all those parts of L.A, and that in turn lends it to be extremely versatile. Chucks are undoubtedly the perfect shoe of this look as they fit every subculture in the city. The laid back feel of surf culture, the attitude of the inner cities, and the trendsetting of the rich and famous all come together in this one shoe. You are just as likely to see a surfer in Huntington wearing chucks, as you are to see a celebrity in Calabasas wearing a pair. The shoe was made famous by hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., and Ice-T as the shoe of Los Angeles’ inner cities. One could say that L.A. is to cities as to what Chuck Taylors are to shoes.
(l) Celebrities like Ashley Tisdale wear chucks daily in Beverly Hills.
(r) A breakdancer wears chucks performing in front of a crowd at Venice Beach.
The L.A. style isn’t just one style, because L.A. isn’t just one kind of city. L.A. isn’t just a beach town, or just a sky rising metropolis, or a rich suburb. It’s all of those things and more. It’s a booming port, a manufacturing hub, the music capitol of the world, the home of art and culture, the place where the brightest minds go to study, and where the hardest working of us all go to make a living. The L.A. style is like the city of L.A itself: it’s everything you could ever want and dream of. It takes parts from every culture, from every person, and adds to one unique experience that the city as a whole, can call its own.
We invite all ChucksConnection visitors to enjoy our new cartoon series. Each month a new cartoon will be posted with a humorous look at the world of chucks and the people who wear them. For February we take a look at a love-struck young couple who met in the checkout line at a Chuck Taylor sale. You can find the cartoon by going to the monthly cartoon link on the home page or on the Books and Comics With Chucks page.
Enjoy our ChucksConnection cartoons.
We also invite you to view our other cartoon feature, The Chucks Life comic strip series which has over forty issues, and the ninth book in the Hunter & Holmes Mystery Series, Senior Year, which is a full color graphic novel. These can also be accessed from our Books and Comics With Chucks page. These days we can all use a little humor in our lives.
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.
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