Did you know that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Converse All-Star high-top trainers? I didn’t either until I started Googling “Converse” when I was looking for a gift for my husband. A quick search not only brought up a whole host of classic designs to choose from but also a whole lot of history about the brand itself. I’m such a geek when it comes to gaining knowledge about the things I buy so I delved deeper to find out more. Read on to find out what I discovered about Converse…Let’s take it back to the very beginning; The Converse Rubber Shoe Company (to give the brand it’s full, original title) opened its doors back in 1908 in the US, making all kinds of athletic shoes before specialising in tennis shoes in 1915. This early success led the company to develop new styles of sports shoes with rubber soles… I think you know where I’m going with this! It was in 1917 that the Converse All-Star Basketball shoes were introduced. And when basketball player Chuck Taylor put his name behind the brand in 1920, the high-top style really started to take off. It was no longer just a shoe for playing sports in. Oh no.
Over the years the iconic design has become the footwear of choice for off-duty fashionistas and is the ultimate in casual cool. Fans started customising their All-Stars to make them their own and the style was reproduced in countless new fabrics, patterns and colours. Nowadays you can even have your own design made just for you by Converse using the customizer tool on their website.
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Anyway, back to my own quest to find the perfect pair of Converse for my husband. I searched online and found a pair of Cons Star Player trainers that I loved, and that I knew my husband would wear all the time. These grey ‘low-tops’ (is that a thing?) are made in suede with the classic hardwearing rubber sole. I love the subtle suede star and even the blue stripe in the laces is ideal for my electric-blue-loving hubby. His face was a picture when I handed over his gift and he opened up these box-fresh trainers. But I didn’t stop at just one pair of Converse. And that’s because I spotted a pair of All-Stars in denim. Uhoh. Who can walk away from a pair of high tops in denim? I knew that these shoes might get a little less wear than the day-to-day grey trainers, but I loved the colour. These ones are a tribute to the 70s design of the shoe and the burgundy stripe around the sole means that they’ll go with almost everything in my husband’s vintage wardrobe. Plus, they’ve got that classic star logo printed on the inside ankle of the shoes. The Chuck Taylor signature was added to the star in 1932 and the iconic design has remained the same ever since. It was in 2015 that the Chuck Taylor All-Star II was released. The shape of the shoe remained the same but the sole was redesigned by Nike to make it more lightweight and a more premium grade of canvas was used to make the uppers. How would you like to get a pair of classic Converse for yourself? I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a £50 shopping voucher for Mainline Menswear so that you can invest in a pair of trainers – or anything else for that matter! The voucher can be spent on ANYTHING you like on the MainlineMenswear.co.uk website so have a rummage in the sale section where you can find Converse from as little as £22.28, or put the voucher towards a pair of Levis or a North Face tee, or any of the other designer brands on the website. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below – good luck!
Giveaway open to UK residents only, competition runs from 7th March 2017 – 26th March 2017.