Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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Fit & Sizing
The high-top profile of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi was initially designed to give ample support for the basketball. Thus, the brand incorporated padded ankle and insole for the enhanced support. It has a lace up closure all the way up to the ankle to maximize the support on and off the hard court.
This shoe runs true to size for the women while it is suggested for men to grab a half size down than their normal size. This shoe is unisex and comes in men' sizes. Women's sizes are two size bigger than the men's sizes stamped on the bottom of the shoe. This shoe comes in sizes 3 to 17 US in men's and that means women can choose from ranges 5 to 19 US.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi Style
The high-top Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi features almost the exact elements of its ancestor but updated with more durable and softer canvas upper and more comfortable Ortholite insole for the modern market. The brand saved the iconic features like the rubber toe cap and the color-contrasted sidewall stripe for the authentic throwback look.
Also, Converse launched this in various colorways suitable for a diverse breed of consumers. Because of its perennial look, this shoe was adopted by a multitude of end users, from the sports to the music world and the fashion domain.
The Chucks Core Hi has remained simple and cool ever since it was launched in the early 1920s. Most wearers style their Chucks Core Hi with almost any casual or even semi-formal attire. Some favorite wedding events were styled with the Chucks to add character to the prim occasion. Meanwhile, some ladies pair this with their dresses to cut monotony to the girly ensemble.
Aside from the iconic high-top silhouette, what made the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi popular is its ankle patch. This ankle patch was first seen in the 1917 issue displaying the "All Star" logo. In 1932, the brand revamped this iconic logo by inserting the signature of Chuck Taylor across the star giving birth to the "Chuck Taylor All Star" iconic heel patch.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi History
Back in 1908, the Converse Rubber Shoe Company was opened by a previous footwear manufacturing company manager, Marquis Mills Converse, in Massachusetts. They specialized in producing rubber based shoes called galoshes. In 1917, they released the Converse “All Star,” the World’s first basketball performance shoes, but it was four years later that the history of their iconic name started.
The All-Star became the celebrated pair of athletic shoes in the 1940s until the 1960s. During those times, Converse acquired 80% of the overall US market. They introduced the black and white Chuck Taylor All Star and the low-cut Oxford Chuck and shortly introduced the colored version of Chucks in the 60s.
Years after that, Converse was able to sign deals about sponsorships and licensing which further increased the popularity of the brand to sports superstars and the public. From then on, they started fabricating shoes not only for the basketball court but also for multiple occasions. Converse blurred the line between trainers and casual footwear. Later on, the Cons became all-event footwear, personalities wore them on the red carpet and even during weddings.
Meanwhile, Charles “Chuck” Taylor, a basketball superstar, walked into the Converse store in 1921 and complained about having sore feet. The Converse offered him a job as a salesman and be the brand ambassador all around the United States. He drove across the US promoting the canvas or leather ankle-high upper with thick rubber sole sneakers.
Taylor became very much involved in the marketing and development of All-Star. Hence the Converse decided to name the iconic shoes after him, Chuck Taylor. In 1932, they placed his signature on the All-Star logo and added the eyelets for ventilation. Taylor continued to work under Converse until his death in 1969.
The original version of the All-Star, which was later on named Chuck Taylor, was assembled with brown color and black trimming. It was comprised of the very thick rubber sole and covered the ankle with canvas or leather. In 1957, low-cut version was presented which was more casual and became perfect for the streetwear and helped the Converse own the 80% of market share of the whole sneaker industry during that time.
Over the years, this shoe was called various names by different generations - Chucks, Cons, All-Stars are just some of its monikers. In 2003, another hardcore sports brand Nike acquired the Converse. Nike would instead buy brands than develop casual shoes.
As a spinoff of the classic Chucks, Converse launched the Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi. This shoe is one variation of the century-old Chucks which features a refined and softer canvas upper with color contrasted sidewall stripe. This shoe also has the Ortholite sockliner for the added comfort. This casual kick continues to reign the modern fashion with its timeless style and comfort.
- This product weighs 343 grams.
- The metal eyelet vents found in the midsole enhances the airflow.
- The outsole is made of vulcanized rubber for lightness and flexibility.
- The Ortholite insole was inserted for a more comfortable cushioning and prevent odor formation.