I remember wearing Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars back in the 70′s. I just talked to my dad on the phone and he told me he wore the hell out of them back in the 50′s. If my grandfather was still alive I’d ask him if wore them in the 30′s (probably a big fat “yes”)… and whether he knew if my great grandfather wore them when they were first released by in 1917! How’s that for tradition?
And when it comes to fashion… Chucks are classically cool and eternally hip. No other shoe in history has managed to remain fashionable for more than 90 years. From jeans to silk suits, there’s almost no look you can’t carry off in a pair of All Stars. And is there a serious celebrity anywhere on earth who hasn’t been spotted in a pair?
It’s been a quarter century since I owned a pair of Chucks but that’s about to change. Of course, back in the 70′s it was pretty much black, blue or white, high-tops or shorts. Now there are literally hundreds of styles, from neon colors to plaid to camouflage to cartoons to artsy prints. But I think I’ll be sticking with the classics!