Some thing are created with the intention to become universal, like mathematic symbols or the half-failed Esperante language/culture, but some just fail to this category completely accidentally.
Favourite sneakers in the world probably fall in the latter. It's the Chuck Taylor All-Star Converse, probably best known as the 'Chucks', 'All Stars', 'Convos' - depending on the sub-culture in case. My first ones were navy high-tops, with a red inside and a red&white strap on the back. I still have them, somewhere... (which is not weird, since I'm a hoarder and a half)
Firstly created as a baseball trainer, then adopted by punks, then came the hip-hop culture, and most recently the fancy gang wears them too. I remember my friend who was a hardcore posh wannabe (she's still a friend, so I get to talk about her in this way), and each time a kid passed by wearing a pair of Chucks, she looked at him/her in a particular 'help me, these people smell' kinda way. That was sometime about 2006. 2009 came, and look at her - she's wearing a pair of low white chucks. With a frilly blouse and a pair of fancy jeans. How convenient.
There probably isn't a particular piece of footwear that had SO many reinventions, redesigns, collaborations, artists working on its look... I bet all of the other shoes in the shoe world are mighty jealous of the Converse All Stars. After owning about 2 hi-tops, I uncompromisingly switched by obsession to the low-tops, and created a relationship I hadn't have since. Shoe-wise that is.
Since I got my first pair, there hasn't been a time I didn't have at least a pair in my shoe-closet (which sounds cool, but really is a bunch of boxes arranged under/above/in every surface they fit in). I have a pair of summer-y ones, a white, green & red combo I bought myself at one of my first lone-trips to Camden town. From the beginning of my Chuck love I never really owned one of the regular designs -although I always came with an intention to buy a basic pair, I came out of the store with one that had some cute details/colour combos that caught my eye. I somehow can say Chucks derived by own love for shoes. Damn you.
|Maison Martin Margiela x Chuck Taylor Converse All Star|
As I mentioned, all kinds of people love and wear Chuck Taylors, just because their design allows you to put the shoe in your own mindset. That's probably the reason why they became a must-piece (hate hate hate this phrase) like 'a pair of black heels' or 'a white shirt'. They are now owned by Nike, who probably connects the brand with various collaborators - Disney, Margiela, Watanabe... Anything a fairy-boy like me can dream of.
There are endless ways to wear them, and that versatility point is what makes looking street-style pics of people wearing them probably the most inspirational 'looking-at-street-style' moments. In my book, that is.
|Fancy Miu Miu or shredded Chucks?|
Thanks to my friends at East Dane, you can browse through a variety of All Stars, available at their online shop - with a few re-invented, exclusive pieces and a vast number of those lovable classics. Check it out down bellow!
And as it was fun scrambling through all available editions of All Stars, the fun continued during creating an outfit featuring this legend of a shoe. My latest ones are truly a special kind - a wool textile in a cute plaid-ish pattern are my probably my easiest-to-wear shoes in these transitional area of neither-spring, neither-winter. They become a perfect excuse to wear springtime shoes, just because I can tell my mother/father/anyone - 'BUT THEY'RE MADE OF WOOL!!!'.
And to be clear - the spirit of the Chucks (and the fact I quarreled with my mom during the last one) made this shoot SO much fun. I instantly saw this 80's teen TV series, and a title sequence constisting of colourful people jumping around in dungarees and crushed velvet. #wishIwasakidinthe80s
diy dungarees_h&m parka & sweater_vintage silk scarf_converse all star sneakers_giant vintage clear frames sunglasses (find them here)_daniel wellington Swansea watch (get 20% on every DW buy by typing in 'styledino')