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The Converse Chuck II High Top is a unisex style that is based on men’s sizing. The measurements range from 3 to 13 for men or an equivalent 5 to 15 for women. Since the shoe measurements listed are based on men’s sizes, women should go down two sizes from their standard fit.
The high-top sneaker generally has a true-to-size fit and adjustments only need to be made if you use an orthotic insole. Due to the Lunarlon insole’s thick padding, a thinner insole would need to be purchased to replace the Lunarlon so your orthotic insole could fit.
The minimalist and classic design of the Converse Chuck II High Top ensures that you can pair this shoe with anything from joggers to slacks. Men can keep it simple by matching the sneaker with trousers and a cool statement tee. Turn up the bottoms of your trousers to show off your shoe. Women can wear the casual sneakers with a long and slim turtleneck and a dark pair of leggings.
The Converse Chuck II High Top kept the century-old aesthetics but added some bells and whistles in. This updated silhouette features a cushy Lunarlon insole that gives the shoe all-day wearing comfort. The tongue has also been given some padding and a non-slip feature to keep it from sliding sideways—an occasional problem with the original Chuck Taylor All Stars. A perforated suede liner gives the shoe a more luxurious and breathable feel.
The Converse Chuck II High Top is a modern take on the iconic and century-old Chuck Taylor All-Star, which debuted in 1917. The original silhouette, named the Converse All Star, was initially released in just one colorway—a natural brown hue with black trim. It featured a high-top profile and a unique construction that hasn’t been seen before.
The footwear developed some followers and sales were steady although they were not, in any way, exceptional. It was not until basketball player, and skilled salesman Chuck Taylor entered the scene that sales of the shoe skyrocketed. As a traveling salesman for Converse, he held basketball clinics all over the country and used those clinics to market the shoe. As a result, the All Star Shoe became synonymous with basketball.
Nine years after Chuck Taylor joined the Converse company, they added his name to the ankle patch of the sneaker as a tribute.
The design of the Chuck Taylor All Star has been largely unchanged for 98 years until Converse decided to come out with an updated sequel—the Converse Chuck II High Top. The purpose was to make the classic as comfortable as possible and just a little bit more luxurious than the original without losing the design that has been well-loved by many.
- The Converse Chuck II High Top came out in stores in July 28 of 2015. It retailed for $75. An oxford or low-top version also came out the same day and retailed for $70.
- The Chuck II High Top sneaker features a poly-blend canvas upper, Nike Lunarlon insole, padded non-slip tongue, and a perforated suede lining.