Kickin’ it: Converse Chuck Taylors stand the test of time

Commentary by Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent

Lizz Matthews poses with her lace-up Converse sneakers. Photo Illustration by Steven Mantilla/Times-News

Rock ‘n’ roll superstars from Elvis Presley to Ed Sheeran have worn Converse Chuck Taylors.
The lace-up tennis shoes also can be spotted in music videos such as Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Snoop Dogg’s “Lodi Dodi.”
Ranging in colors and styles, Chuck Taylors can be seen on the feet of all ages; your parents or grandparents have probably owned a pair at one time or another.
Converse started in 1908 as a rubber sole shoe company. The shoes gained popularity in 1923 when Charles “Chuck” Taylor joined the Converse-sponsored basketball Team, The All Stars. Taylor is responsible for creating the signature patch on the ankle — at that time, a high-top white shoe. Basketball players, Olympic athletes and American soldiers training for

Madison Kimrey poses with her high-top Converse sneakers. Photo Illustration by Steven Mantilla/Times-News

World War II have enjoyed wearing the classic shoes, according to Converse.
In 2003, Nike bought Converse and started creating other designs like the low-cut. Nike also released a revamped version of the classic Chucks called Chuck Taylor IIs in 2015. The new Chucks are definitely different from the older ones. With a thicker sole, padding around the edges and on the tongue of the shoe, Nike reinvented the classic Chuck, according to Converse.
And chances are, if you roam the hallways of middle schools, high schools and college campuses throughout Alamance County, you’ll see some.
Madison Kimrey and Lizz Matthews, both of Burlington, recently came to the Times-News to model their favorites. Matthews has a knee-high pair of red Chucks while Kimrey modeled a burgundy high-top shoe.
Today, shoe enthusiasts can choose from just about any color and style including those depicting your favorite superhero.
One thing is for sure: Converses aren’t your parent’s shoes anymore.

Catherine Wiggins is a sophomore at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer. Accent editor and Teens & 20s adviser Charity Apple contributed to this story.

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