Verdict from 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Just like any other Converse platform shoes, the Converse VLTG Run Star Hike sneaker has a bulky outsole that is liked by many. 
  • The shoe uses Ortholite insoles that provide great comfort to the feet, which several buyers like.
  • Many reviewers say that the Converse VLTG Run Star Hike looks cool and stylish as it goes well with any outfit.
  • A handful of reviewers point out that they like the jagged sole platform of the VLTG Run Star Hike from the Converse Chucks All Star collection.
  • One reviewer points out that the shoe looks good as it makes the user taller with its approximately 2 inches platform.

2 reasons not to buy

  • While regarded as stylish by many, some still prefer the usual Converse minus the platform sole.
  • One reviewer mentions that the shoe gets dirty easily.

Bottom line

The Converse VLTG Run Star Hike is a funky high-top sneaker that has the same recognizable outsole as any other Run Star Hike sneaker. From the original Converse-JW Anderson collaboration, this eye-catching elevated shoe gives a modern and futuristic vibe without sacrificing its comfort. 

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Good to know

The Converse VLTG Run Star Hike is available in both men's and women's sizing. A Converse sneaker would normally run big as stated from its website, so customers are advised to go a half to an inch down in size. This modern rendition of the Chucks All Star high-top has a lace-up enclosure system that provides ankle protection and support and ensures an adjustable, secure fit. This kick is also built with OrthoLite insole cushioning that provides better comfort to the feet.

The VLTG Run Star Hike is a high-top silhouette that gives a funky and futuristic look. The shoe upper is made from the classic Converse canvas seated on top of the chunky midsole. Its midsole is approximately 2 inches thick, and there is a big embossed star on the heel. There are also jagged rubber pieces on the outsole, and it has crisp white laces to finish the entire look of the shoe. This statement shoe comes in red and teal, two new colorways that give a VLTG vibe. 

What's interesting with the Run Star Hike is it's more popular with men, according to many resalers. And as people mentioned, "the bigger you go, the higher the resale price." With the modern take on this classic silhouette, the VLTG Run Star Hike is effortless to pair with different clothes from slim-fit jeans to baggy pants.

What makes the VLTG Run Star Hike stand out from the rest of the Chucks All Star high-tops is the chunky sole with jagged rubber pieces attached underneath the shoe. The rubber pieces add accents making the shoe edgy and funky looking. While it retains the classic Chucks canvas, they added OrthoLite cushioning to provide better comfort.   

The Converse Company started in 1908 by Marquis M. Converse in Maine Massachusettes, offering winter wear for men, women, and kids at that time. It was in 1917 when Converse introduced "Non-Skid," a basketball silhouette that changed its name to "All-Star" after it first came out. The basketball player, namely Chuck Taylor, promoted the All-Star shoe, which later on became the "Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star" that we know today.

Chuck Taylor saw the potential of the shoe that he worked his way to bring to its highspot in the shoe market. Because of Taylor's success, Converse included his name to the All-Star iconic ankle patch and officially called it Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star.

Since then, the Chuck All-Star Sneaker has met a lot of alterations and modifications from its design to materials to offer people a wide range of sneakers. Converse has also collaborated with different brands and designers to fit everyone's style and fashion.

Converse introduced the Run Star Hike in 2019. It was initially a collaboration between Converse and JW Anderson. And because of the silhouette's popularity and success, Converse offers this model as part of its ongoing seasonal lineup. This shoe is reckoned as one of the most acclaimed Converse sneakers of 2019. It combined the past, present, and future to give a modern take to the classic shoe


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.