There is very little in the world that can excite me more than a boxfresh, crisp white pair of brand new Converse. As an avid Converse fan since the age of 12, I still think of them as my go-to shoes. While the bright pinks, bright greens and glittery ones of my youth have been and gone, the colour that has remained a constant for me is white. White Converse do go with everything, from skinny jeans to dresses, with or without tights, they’re one of the comfiest and versatile shoes in my wardrobe.
JD Sports boasts a huge collection of Converse, which when it came down to it, made deciding on a pair pretty tricky. The days of deciding only between hi-top and low top ‘Ox’, have gone and Converse as a brand have branched into a myriad of new styles, from Rhinestone versions of their classic styles to slightly more feminine versions of their ‘Ox’ shoes, there really is a pair for every personality. As I already own the white ‘Ox’ I decided to opt for the hi-top version, the very first style that I owned all those years ago but in a much more understated colour than candy pink!
The shoes arrived in the trademark long and thin black and brown cardboard box, with the Converse footprint on the lid with the shoes themselves wrapped in the usual branded tissue paper. The shoes were absolutely gleaming white (and as usual I promised myself that this pair would stay as white as possible). As you can imagine, they didn’t stay in the box for very long. The material is a very good quality canvas with the circular Converse ‘All Star Chuck Taylor’ logo on the side attached to a thick rubber sole. One thing that has always impressed me with Converse is their durability, you can wear them to death and apart from sometimes looking a little grubby as the canvas does tend to show every tiny mark; the quality of them never changes. I still have the very first pair I bought and even after years of wearing to gigs and on long days out, they are still completely wearable.
As you can see from the photos, I pair mine with everything from a little t-shirt dress, some tights and a parka for a trip to a local Christmas Market to skinny jeans and jumpers for days out shopping. As you might expect expect, the shoes are amazingly comfy all day, even when they’ve come straight from the box which I find is a bit of a rarity. The thick soles mean they are super comfortable on the feet and canvas material means that you don’t get as much of a risk of rubbing, something that tends to happen with most new shoes for me. I can’t sing the praises of these shoes enough.
They look fab, they’re comfy and they last for years. There isn’t much else that I could look for in a shoe, and I think I for one will remain a dedicated Converse fan!