This is an exclusive blog pot by actor and presenter, Diipo Ayo-Adeusi. "...Surprisingly enough, Converse shoes were originally designed to be an elite shoe for the basketball professional team..."
One of the most iconic and classic shoes in the history of clothing is the Converse All Stars or the Chuck Taylors All Stars. The shoe brand has managed to retain its popularity; despite not haven changed it’s look since the 1920s up until 2015.
Surprisingly enough, Converse shoes were originally designed to be an elite shoe for the basketball professional team. Soon after, Charles “Chuck” Taylor became the brand ambassador for the shoe company. However, the shoes got acquired by shoe designer and maker giants, Nike in 2003 and continued to be a fan favorite.
The original design of the shoe from the early 90s consist of a stitched upper portion, a toe cap usually made of white rubber, and a sole that is usually made of brown rubber. The Chuck Taylors are made of leather and the widely known cotton canvas in various colors.
In July 2015, company management announced an improved model, the Chuck Taylor II. Incorporating Nike technology, it retains the outward appearance of the original while applying a modern lightweight insole for maximum comfort.
The All Stars are worn by just about anyone and everyone, ranging from the average Joe to the big names in the entertainment and fashion industry. T
he wonderful thing about it is that the price of the shoes remain affordable, with the older version ranging between $55-$60 and the improved version between $70-$75, for the low top and high top respectively.
The converse All Stars can be worn with just about any thing.
The shoes exude a relaxed and casual feeling so most people like to wear it with jeans and a tee shirt or button-down short or long-sleeved shirt.
Also, the shoes can be combined with a dressier look, with a button down shirt, a tie and a blazer or even a suit.
In the Nigerian society, it’s also quite comfortable and suitable for the weather condition. In addition, there’s a new trend of combining the shoes with traditional wear.
The Converse All Stars is one wardrobe investment you can never go wrong with, as it is versatile with so many colors being offered and flexible in its style that you can wear it any way you want.
Diipo Ayo-Adeusi is an actor, presenter and fashion enthusiast. He has recently moved back to Nigeria from the US where he used to work on stage as a actor. He is Jollof rice and Jollof rice is him.