Our verdict

An update to the classic All-Star shoe, we found that the Converse Chuck 70 Low Top indeed provides a much better experience. The kick gives off the same vintage vibes but offers amped-up cushioning and much sturdier materials than the OG. Even though we wouldn't recommend the Chuck 70 as an all-day companion, we thoroughly enjoyed the updated insole, higher-quality materials, and cultural heritage of this budget-friendly mainstay. It certainly belongs in everyone's closet as a minimal low-top that can spice up any attire and occasion.

Pros

  • Eternally stylish and popular silhouette
  • Works with any outfit and occasion
  • Impressible durability for the price
  • A more comfortable Chuck Taylor
  • Grounded platform
  • Surprisingly flexible
  • Affordable price point
  • Glossy finish on the sole

Cons

  • Not for hot weather
  • Lacks support
  • Very narrow profile
  • A bit heavier than average

Audience verdict

92
Great!

Who should buy

We believe that the Chuck 70 Low Top belongs in your sneaker stack if you want:

  • a versatile low-cut sneaker that can complete any look (sporty, casual, and even business casual)
  • an improved version of the original Chuck Taylor All-Star (for an extra £30 you get better quality and comfort)
  • an affordable sneaker with excellent value for money (which you can often get at a discounted price)

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top review

Who should NOT buy

As much as we adore the simplistic beauty of the Chuck 70 Low Top, the shoe just lacks the essential components of a daily beater.

If you want a minimalist sneaker that offers much better comfort for long hours on the feet, try the Allbirds Tree Runners or Wool Runners. They sure lack a fashion statement but take much better care of your feet.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top lab test

Breathability

Think twice before you choose the Converse Chuck 70 as your go-to summer sneaker. We found that its heat-trapping canvas upper is not the best companion for high temperatures and keeping your feet odor-free.

In a side-by-side comparison with a mesh sneaker, the Chuck 70 clearly loses the breathability battle. The shoe barely allows any smoke to pass through its upper in our smoke-pumping test.

Even when we hovered its half-cut upper over the light, we couldn't see any additional ventilation sources besides the eyelets and the two eyelet-like apertures on the inner side. By the way, the latter don't contribute to the shoe's breathability that much.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top ventilation holes

We gave the shoe's upper a final check through our microscope and it only proved that its canvas upper is not porous at all.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Breathability microscope

To sum it all up, the Converse Chuck 70 Low Top is a poor choice for hot weather but can feel quite comfortable on cooler summer nights and in the transitional seasons.

On a scale from 1 to 5, where 5 is the most breathable, we couldn't rate this sneaker higher than 2.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Breathability canvas microscope

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 2
Average 3
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Toebox durability

The Chuck 70 sneaker inherited a very sturdy toecap from its '70s ancestor. It helps this Converse kick outlast many other sneakers.

To test exactly how much abuse this Chuck can take compared to other sneakers, we drilled its toebox with a Dremel.

The speed was set to 5K RPM and the pressure remained consistent at 3.2N while we applied the sandpaper tip for 12 seconds.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Toebox durability comparison

The result was astounding! The Chuck 70's toe cap got away with a cosmetic scuff where most kicks develop a see-through hole!

We didn't hesitate to rate the shoe's toebox durability with a high score of 4 out of 5.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 4
Average 3.7
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

On the flip side, the shoe's inner lining isn't as wear-resistant as its outer shell.

Lined with a softer kind of canvas, it took our Dremel less than 4 seconds to tear up the textile inside the heel counter.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Heel padding durability comparison

Considering how much friction occurs in this area, we think that it won't be long before you see some wear on this side of the collar.

On a 1-5 durability scale, we couldn't rate it higher than 2.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 2
Average 3.4
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole hardness

Based on our extensive lab data, sneakers with harder rubbers tend to have better abrasion resistance.

That's why we were glad to see a standard level of outsole hardness on the Chuck 70 Low Top. With a durometer reading of 83.0 HC, it is the same as the industry average which is a good sign.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Outsole hardness
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 83.0 HC
Average 85.1 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
72.9 HC
Outsole hardness
90.3 HC

Outsole durability

Equipped with a Dremel, we tested the limits of the Chuck 70's outsole for 22 seconds. The speed was set to 10K RPM this time.

Despite the minor tread loss, the shoe's rubber stood up to the challenge quite well.

Our tread gauge shows that the depth of the dent was only 1.1 mm. This is the same as the average of our lab-tested sneakers.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Outsole durability test
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 1.1 mm
Average 1.0 mm
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm

Outsole thickness

In addition to great wear resistance, the shoe's outsole is also very thick. At 7.1 mm, it is notably thicker than average which contributes to its lifespan for sure.

All things considered, we think that the Converse Chuck 70 Low Top will last you well over a year, even with regular use.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Outsole thickness
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 7.1 mm
Average 5.5 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
3.4 mm
Outsole thickness
8.2 mm

Weight

Even though it is a very minimal sneaker, the Chuck 70 Low Top weighs slightly heavier than average. At 16.0 oz (454g) in a men's US size 9, it is about 2 oz heavier than the standard low-top kick.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Weight

This is primarily due to the shoe's sturdy taping with tall rubber sidewalls. But canvas is also a heavier upper material than mesh.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top shoe weight

For reference, it weighs the same as the New Balance 550.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 16.01 oz (454g)
Average 14.18 oz (402g)
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
8.54 oz (242g)
Weight
22.61 oz (641g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

Even though the Chuck 70 cushioning has been enhanced in the Chuck 70, it remains a very grounded sneaker just like the All-Star.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Heel stack

Measuring its heel stack with a caliper, we got only 24.3 mm. This is notably lower than average. Pair that with the shoe's hard rubber and firm midsole, and it won't return you much shock absorption of cushioning underfoot.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 24.3 mm
Average 29.8 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
18.2 mm
Heel stack
41.8 mm

Forefoot stack

The balls of our feet sat even closer to the ground in the Chuck 70 than the heel. No surprise our caliper showed only 16.7 mm in the shoe's forefoot.

If you have sensitive feet and don't want to feel every stone underfoot, we advise getting a more cushioned sneaker.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Forefoot stack
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 16.7 mm
Average 18.9 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
10.6 mm
Forefoot stack
28.3 mm

Drop

The Chuck 70 has a very gradual heel-to-toe slope. The difference in stack height between the shoe's heel and forefoot is only 7.6 mm, which is barely noticeable underfoot.

This sneaker feels almost flat.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Drop
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 7.6 mm
Average 10.9 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
6.7 mm
Drop
17.2 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

Having so much hard rubber underfoot, the Chuck 70 Low Top is not your soft cushy sneaker. But the good news is that it doesn't feel as hard as the original Chuck Taylor All-Star.

On top of the shoe's firm rubber is a thin layer of blue foam. It helps to buffer the foot from the hard rubber outsole and the pavement beneath it.

The foam feels moderately soft to the touch. Pressing our durometer against it, we got a reading of 24.5 HA. It is 25% softer than average but still not in the plush range.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Midsole softness
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 24.5 HA
Average 28.5 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 37 trainers
Number of shoes
15.0 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
46.4 HA

Insole thickness

We found that the major part of the shoe's cushioning comes not from the midsole but from a very thick OrthoLite insole.

Measuring it with a caliper showed an impressive 12.9 mm in the heel!

It is one of the thickest removable insoles we've seen in lifestyle sneakers and it gives a huge comfort upgrade to the Chuck 70 compared to the original Chucks.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Insole thickness
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 12.9 mm
Average 5.4 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
3.1 mm
Insole thickness
13.9 mm

Stability

Lateral stability test

The Converse Chuck 70 Low made us feel quite surefooted thanks to its firm and grounded sole as well as tall rubber sidewalls.

However, it is important to note that this sneaker does not have enough arch support or lateral stability for spending all day on your feet. We also cannot recommend this Converse kick to people with flat feet and overpronation.

Sneakers from New Balance and ASICS are designed to have much better support for these conditions.

Torsional rigidity

It may seem like the Chuck 70 Low Top has a lot of structure and rigidity to it. But in reality, it is amazingly pliable!

We were able to bend and twist the shoe freely, with very little effort in our manual test. On a 1-5 scale, where 1 is the most flexible, we rated the shoe's torsional rigidity as 2.

You're not getting much support from this kick but it gives you the freedom of movement in return. We promise that you won't feel restricted dancing to your favorite songs at a music festival.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 2
Average 3.5
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

Unlike most other sneakers, the Chuck 70 has no heel counter whatsoever. With pure canvas wrapping around the heel, we felt no added support at the rearfoot.

Even though the shoe's taping is very thick (35 mm), it's not tall enough to cover up the heel sufficiently either.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 1
Average 3.2
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

As part of the shoe's heritage, the Converse Chuck 70 has a very narrow profile.

Even in the widest part of its sole, our caliper showed only 102.1 mm which is a few good millimeters narrower than average.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Midsole width in the forefoot
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 102.1 mm
Average 108.5 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
100.0 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
121.0 mm

Midsole width in the heel

The shoe also comes with a very narrow heel which can compromise stability for those of us with excessive pronation.

In the widest part of the heel, we measured 73.9 mm which is a whole 10 mm narrower than average.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Midsole width in the heel
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 73.9 mm
Average 82.8 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
69.4 mm
Midsole width in the heel
103.1 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

The shoe's flexible design is one of its standout features. Despite its quite aggressive vulcanized sole and rubber taping, this Converse shoe bends effortlessly with the foot.

As our stiffness test showed, the Chuck 70 required only 14.8N (Newtons) to be bent to a 90-degree angle. That's a good 50% less than it takes an average sneaker!

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top flexibility

We also noticed that the rubbery overlay is glued to the canvas very well in the pinky-toe area. It looks much more promising than the one on the Chuck Taylor All-Star where it commonly gets unstuck.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 14.8N
Average 23.0N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
5.8N
Stiffness
51.8N

Grip / Traction

With its roots on the basketball court, the Chuck 70 has a pretty strong outsole game.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top outsole

Inheriting the diamond-shaped tread pattern of its ancestors, this Converse kick made us feel very surefooted on smooth and even wet surfaces.

Size and fit

Internal length

Just like the original All-Star, the Chuck 70 runs long. That's why Converse recommends going a half-size smaller in this sneaker on its official website.

We agree with this advice 100%. In fact, you may even need to go a full size smaller than your normal athletic shoe size.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top internal length

Measuring the internal length of the Chuck 70 Low Top, we got 280.0 mm in our regular men's US size 9. Based on our extensive lab data, US 9 sneakers on average have a length of 272.2 mm.

We highly recommend measuring your foot to check how much you need to size down. According to the Converse shoe size chart, the difference between half sizes is 4 mm and between full sizes, it is 8 mm.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 280.0 mm
Average 272.2 mm
Compared to 43 trainers
Number of shoes
265.3 mm
Internal length
280.1 mm

Toebox width at the widest part

Converse shoes have always been known for their snug fit and the Chuck 70 is no exception.

Even though it has the same toebox width in the widest part (99.7 mm) it feels constricted because of the rubber sidewalls and an aggressively tapered toebox.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Toebox width at the widest part
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 99.7 mm
Average 99.1 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
94.0 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
107.7 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

Most sneakers get narrower around the toes but the Chuck 70 does so to a greater extent. Measuring its toebox width where the big toe ends, our caliper showed as little as 63.7 mm. 

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Toebox width at the big toe

In the photo below, you can see how narrow the shoe is in a side-by-side comparison with the average sneaker.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top toebox width comparison

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 63.7 mm
Average 74.8 mm
Compared to 46 trainers
Number of shoes
63.7 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
82.7 mm

Tongue: gusset type

This Converse shoe has a very basic non-gusseted tongue design. It means that the tongue is not attached to the sides of the upper with elastic straps as in some athletic shoes.

Because there is no lace loop either, there might be a slight shifting of the tongue sideways as you walk.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Tongue: gusset type
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top None

Comfort

Tongue padding

The tongue is practically non-existent on the Chuck 70. It is made of canvas and has no additional padding. It merely serves as an interlayer between your skin and the metal eyelets.

Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top 1.2 mm
Average 9.3 mm
Compared to 47 trainers
Number of shoes
1.0 mm
Tongue padding
38.4 mm

Heel tab

This Chuck sneaker doesn't have any pull tabs or finger loops. But you don't really need those as this low-top shoe offers an easy-breezy entry.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Heel tab
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top None

Removable insole

A bonus point goes to the Chuck 70 for adding a removable insole (which is not available in the All-Star).

But if you plan to replace it with a custom orthotic, take into account that the shoe's stock insole is very thick (12.9 mm) and tapers towards the toes following the shape of the shoe. Not every over-the-counter insole can accommodate that.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Removable insole
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top Yes

Misc

As part of the shoe's heritage, the Converse Chuck 70 has a very narrow profile.

Even in the widest part of its sole, our calliper showed only 102.1 mm which is a few good millimetres narrower than average.

Reflective elements

The basic version of the Converse Chuck 70 Low Top has no reflective elements.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top Reflective elements
Test results
Chuck 70 Low Top No

The origins of the Converse Chuck 70 Low Top

Building upon the acclaimed Converse All-Star, the Chuck 70 Low Top is nearly identical to the classic silhouette that never goes out of style.

The remarkable thing about these trainers is how, after over 100 years, they have kept most of their original design—from the durable canvas fabric to the star logo patches and the simple vulcanised rubber soles —and yet, people still flock to buy them.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top vulcanized sole

One of the Chuck's main draws is its simplicity, which appeals to all ages, cultures, subcultures, and social groups.

Historical reference

The Chuck Taylor sneaker has a long and rich history that spans over an entire century! It was originally designed as a basketball shoe in response to the fast-growing popularity of the new sport.

In 1922, the kick received a few upgrades courtesy of a Converse employee named Charles (Chuck) Taylor. A semi-basketball player and coach at the time, he found a way to make the shoe more supportive and flexible.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top back logo

By the '60s, the shoe caught fire on the market taking up 70-80% of the basketball footwear niche. And by 1971, the All-Star shoe was already touted as "America's No.1 basketball shoe."

After losing popularity as a performance shoe, Converse reintroduced the Chuck Taylor as a retro casual sneaker. Since then, it has become an icon that can be seen anywhere from a grocery store to the red carpet.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top laces

Chuck 70 Low vs. Chuck Taylor All Star Low

The Converse Chuck 70 Low Top was released in 2013, along with its High Top counterpart.

Both shoes look nearly identical to the original Chuck Taylor All-Star but introduce a few important updates to elevate its quality and comfort.

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top style

For £30 more, the Chuck 70 Low Top features the following improvements:

  • thicker canvas upper of better quality
  • taller rubber sidewalls and thicker taping
  • much thicker and cosier OrthoLite insole
  • smaller toe cap for better flexibility and in-shoe feel
  • extra material behind the toe cap for reinforcement
  • stitched-on circular logo instead of the printed one
  • an updated black heel patch in place of the old white one
  • glossy sole over the matte one

Converse Chuck 70 Low Top heel All Star logo