Verdict from 8.6 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers like how comfy these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Top shoes are.
  • These shoes from Converse provide a good fit and feel even for people with wide feet, some testers have noted.
  • These lifestyle sneakers are durable and can last “forever” if you take good care of them, a few purchasers have commented.
  • A couple of consumers report that these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are breathable and do not make the feet sweaty.
  • The Smoke version of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes are easy to clean off, a few say.
  • Plenty of customers have reported that the Converse high-tops are very versatile. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • There is no arch support in Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Tops, a good number of reviewers have reported. 
  • Buying inserts might be necessary, some users say, because the soles are flat and lacks cushioning.

Bottom line

What do you get when you combine extreme versatility, function, and retro style? Why, one of the oldest sneaker silhouettes, of course. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Tops are just as functional and stylish as the original Chucks and just as durable. These high-top kicks are quite breathable as well.

One thing about most Converse Chuck All Star silhouettes though is that they do not feature any arch support. The soles are flat as is common with a lot of retro kicks. However, custom inserts will provide an easy fix.

The Chucks are such convenient footwear to have. They’re always ready to go and can handle most types of activities. Take them with you on your casual trips and errands. They also do well for gym work, skateboarding, and more.

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Tops are unisex. According to the brand site, these kicks run a half size large, which should be noted before purchase. 

The shoes contain no arch support, but they can accommodate orthotic inserts. The two extra eyelets on the medial side of the shoes provide ample ventilation so the feet don’t get too sweaty. 

The shoes contain no arch support, but the shoes can accommodate orthotic inserts.

The smoky design of these kicks adds an edgy look to a vintage silhouette. For men, we suggest pairing with slim-fit jeans, a tee, and a leather jacket. For women, we recommend wearing a color-blocked long-sleeved shirt paired with cropped joggers and these high-top Smoke Converse All Star Chuck Taylors.

Converse sneakers, probably more than any other silhouette, have been a wardrobe staple for most people for years. And when you see them, it’s no wonder why. The utterly uncomplicated design beckons to many because these shoes, simply put, look good on everyone. They just don’t fit one age or cultural or social category. They fit all.

What further draws the eyes in these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Tops apart from the classic design is the new worn-in look that gives them an extra edge. Smoky on top of vintage? Yes. And anyone who’s worn All Stars can tell you, “you can’t have enough Chucks.”

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Tops are a new version of a silhouette that first made an appearance in 1917—the All Star. Back then the high-top shoes were known as the Non-Skids because of their grippy diamond-patterned soles. They were only renamed in 1920 as the All Star.

While sales of the sneakers weren’t really bad, they also weren’t something you’d write home about. All of that changed with the arrival of Charles “Chuck” Taylor who acted as the brand’s ambassador. Chuck lost no time in promoting the kicks through the holding of basketball clinics all over the US. Soon, pretty much everyone who played basketball wore the All Stars on their feet.

Converse owed Chuck much, and they knew it. They honored him by adding his name to the shoes’ ankle patch detail in 1934, and from then on the All Stars became known as the Chuck Taylor All Stars.

From their glory days in basketball, Chucks are now enjoying a heyday on the feet of sneakerheads. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes have also undergone several iterations throughout the years—some with fabric changes, several with color variations, and one with a complete upgrade (Chuck 70s).

The Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Top features a simple aesthetic update to the usual clean look of the Chucks. A smoky effect has been applied to the uppers and soles for a worn-in and used look.

  • Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Smoke in High Tops are covered in canvas and sport diamond-patterned treads.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com