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Old 02-07-2020, 02:58 AM
 
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In third grade, circa 1987, I had a pair of white Converse sneakers with brightly covered dinosaurs on them. I loved those stupid things. For Chrismas, my mother found a pair that will fit my son in 3 or 4 years. I don't care how fashionable they are, he is going to love those shoes!
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Old 02-07-2020, 03:38 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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My oldest went through a converse phase. She talked us all into getting some. Those were the most uncomfortable sneakers I've ever owned. They were flat, heavy and stiff.

If you ever need to freshen them up, a Mr clean eraser does a great job on the rubber.
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Old 02-07-2020, 06:56 AM
 
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Weird sizing, pointy toes, minimal padding. Compared to a good pair of high quality running shoes, there's no comparison.
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Old 02-07-2020, 07:12 AM
 
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Me, too, they're so FLAT. Otherwise, I think they're cool and would wear them if I could.
Yes! I have a pair of slip-on Converse that I love but my joints DO NOT love them. They are so awful for me but every once in awhile I get the itch to wear them.
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Old 02-07-2020, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Me, too, they're so FLAT. Otherwise, I think they're cool and would wear them if I could.
Yes! They're so flat you can't even put an insole in them without making them unwearable. So, alas, my Chucks time is over.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Right now my granddaughter and all her friends are into Vans. Weren't they popular in the 80's?
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:29 AM
 
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Right now my granddaughter and all her friends are into Vans. Weren't they popular in the 80's?
Vans, similar to Converse, have stayed pretty popular over the years. They have seen a small resurgence, but I was born in the 80s and cannot recall a time in my life where I didn't see vans everywhere, same as chuck taylors.

For slip ons, I prefer Vans. For low and high top sneakers, I prefer converse. For the past 25 years, I don't think I've had a time where I didn't actively own/wear about 5 different pairs of chuck taylors in my shoe rotation.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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In my neighborhood it was a tradition that anyone showing up on the basketball court with new hightop white Connies immediately had them stepped on by everyone else.
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Old 02-07-2020, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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Years ago, when I attended the University of Florida, I had a pair of orange Converse high tops that I found blue laces for (completed the school colors look). I have virtually no arches, and now if I tried to wear something that flat and unsupportive, I would probably get plantar fasciitis.
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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Same here, can't believe we all played hoops in those things, absolutely no support. They were the only game in town until the mid-70's or later.

I remember upgrading to Adidas basketball shoes in the mid 1970s. I think they were around $16.95, which was a major price increase over Converse at the time.


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In my neighborhood it was a tradition that anyone showing up on the basketball court with new hightop white Connies immediately had them stepped on by everyone else.

We always called them Chuck's. And they only came in black or white canvas. They did come out with a suede basketball shoe. I had a blue pair, don't remember if there were other colors.
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