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The Ultimate Converse Chuck High FAQ

September 27, 2021 9:00 AM
The Ultimate Converse Chuck High FAQ

Is the title correct? Or do they say All Star High? If you don't know, then you've come to the right place. We've come up with a few questions for you to test your sneaker knowledge about the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High. This automatically answers the first question, because this is the full and correct name of the sneaker.

Let's get started with the ultimate Converse Chuck High FAQ!

What other abbreviations are there for general Chuck Taylor All Star?

In the USA, the Chuck Taylor All Star is also known as "Chucks", "Cons" or "Connies". In any case, the most common name is "Chucks".

Where does the name of the shoe come from?

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Schwarz

In 1923, the first Converse All Star was released with the signature of Chuck Taylor. The US basketball player's full name is Charles Hollis Taylor, but he was better known as Chuck Taylor. His suggestions for improvements to Converse led to a long-term cooperation and his name made it onto the shoe.

What was the first colorway of the Chuck?

Converse's first basketball shoe came out in 1917 and was called All Star, which was later renamed Chuck Taylor All Star. The design of the high was identical, only the round signature was missing on the side. The very first model was in the colourway 'Black'.

What is the difference to a Chuck 70?

Converse Chuck 70

At first glance, few people will notice a big difference between the two models. But if you look closely, you will notice one or two details.

The sole of the Chuck 70 is much creamier and thicker than that of the All Star, giving it a retro vibe. The canvas material used in the Chuck 70 is a lot thicker and also has a lot more structure. The sneaker therefore has more seams at the front than the All Star. Visually, the Chuck 70 has even thicker laces, a leather Converse Chuck Taylor logo, a narrower toecap and a shinier sole.

What kind of image does the Chuck have?

When the first shoes came out, the image quickly evolved towards rebellion and individuality. Of course, the image has always changed from generation to generation.

The sneaker also had a special influence on the flower power movement. The young public began to decorate the shoe with peace signs, slogans and flowers. The former basketball shoe also made it into the punk and hip-hop scene.

Today, the simple retro sneaker is considered a comfortable everyday shoe with cult status.

Which famous people have worn the Converse?

Especially in the music industry, the sneaker gained great popularity. You can find pictures of James Dean and Elvis Presley wearing the classic Chuck High. British musician Mick Jagger wore white chucks with a green suit at his wedding in 1971.

But the shoe has also arrived in politics, for example, Austrian diplomat Ursula Plassnik owns a Black pair of Chucks High and combines them with an elegant business outfit. US rapper Game, Justin Bieber and many other celebrities now also wear this iconic shoe.

James Dean on the Streets
via @studioegt / Photo in the original by Dennis Stock

How is the Chuck Taylor designed and what has changed over the years?

Nothing! The design and materials have not changed much since 1923. The relatively plain shoe uses only linen fabric, also called "canvas", for the tongue, upper, lining and heel cap. This material is not only very easy to care for and robust, but can also be easily painted, which has made customising very popular.

The sneaker has two rivets on the inside with air holes for an airy feel. The Chuck is now available in different colourways and materials, but the original is still made of canvas.

How much does a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Highs cost?

The average price of a pair is €75 on the Converse website. However, the prices vary quite a lot from colorway to colorway. So you can spend as little as €40 or as much as €120 on certain highs.

Find the best deal on your new favourite Chuck here.

Now you know a bit more about the Chuck Taylor High. But what are the best models I can recommend to you? Here are three of the most popular Chucks that you should definitely have in your collection.

1. Chuck Taylor All Star Classic High Top | M7650C

2. Chuck Taylor All Star Classic High Top | M9160C

3. Converse Color Chuck Taylor All Star-High Top | 170154C

Now you know some fun facts about the Chuck Taylor All Star High and can share your knowledge with your friends.

Take a look at our sneaker collection, where you'll find even more cool Chuck High models. If you don't want to miss out on the latest styles, you can also follow us on Instagram or check our release calendar regularly. So keep your eyes peeled for the new upcoming Connies and we'll see you next time.