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Converse All Stars – A Buyer’s Guide

Updated on October 5, 2010

Converse All Stars have that iconic, instantly recognizable style that is familiar to so many people. The American basketball player Chuck Taylor was the first person to embrace them as his favourite shoe, but what more has gone into the Converse brand?

About The Brand

After suggesting a few changes to the design, the shoe got its current name and Chuck Taylor's signature on its ankle All Stars patch. One change was the switch to nonslip soles. Although classic black is the most popular, Chuck Taylor was himself known to prefer unbleached white high-tops.

Punk rock fans also adopted the shoe as a fashion trend, going back to the late 1970s and many popular punk rock bands, such as the Ramones used to wear them. All-Stars once again became popular again back in the '90s due to the popular Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and fans of the band attempting to emulate the style of the band.

Today the shoes are very popularly worn by children, teenagers, and young adults of both sexes. Both Peter Davison and David Tennant wore them as part of their respective costumes in Doctor Who and Dr. House, title character of the show House, has worn black All Stars in multiple episodes.

After covering an overview and brief history of Converse All Stars, we will now begin to look at what styles are available. For more information on the history of the brand, please visit the Wikipedia page, Converse All-Stars.

Converse Styles

Converse All Stars are available a wide range of styles and colours to choose from, so you can be sure that you can have a pair which you will be as individual as you are. The design has changed several times since the original design, yet ensuring that these changes build onto the classic design.

All Stars Hi Top

The All Stars Hi Top is the staple of the All Stars range and is the most successful Converse Shoe. It provides a vast amount of comfort and durability for everyday use, and is also seen as an extremely fashionable item. Celebrities such as Rihanna have been spotted wearing Converse All Stars, which is a big endorsement to the how fashionable the brand is. Although the classic All Stars Hi Top is
the most common design, there are
many different styles available to choose from.

All Stars Low Top, Slim and Ox

In addition to the High Top styles available, Converse also created the Low Top or “Oxford” version of the All Stars, due to consumer demand for more variety. More recently Converse also created the All Star Ox, which are a delight and an improvement to the classic style in terms of comfort.
They also come complete with different features,
such as double tongues or sequins.

All Stars Limited Edition

Limited edition versions are also available, building upon the original design and adding a certain unique element to the design of the shoe. One of the more notable versions is the Jimi Hendrix Limited edition all stars which uses the eye catching album art from Electric Ladyland as the inspiration for its design.

Famous rock and roll band The Who also have their own Limited Edition version of the classic All Stars, complete with the bands signature union jack design.


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