Converse Redesigned Its Iconic Chucks for the First Time in 98 Years

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  1. Limo Wreck

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    Some would consider it as sacrilegious as when Coke dabbled with its classic formula back in the 80s, but after 98 years Converse has updated its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. On the outside they look nearly identical, but on the inside the Chuck II is actually far more comfy for your feet.

    Before you feel outraged about Nike’s shoe technology invading your classic Chucks, it’s important to remember that Nike actually bought Converse back in 2003 after it went bankrupt. So without the swoosh, Chucks wouldn’t actually still exist. Thankfully, Nike hasn’t really messed with Converse offerings since the takeover. And the new Chuck II actually sounds like the best of both worlds. Classic Converse styling, with advanced Nike technology.

    The biggest update to the Chuck II, as it’s officially called, is the inclusion of a material called Lunarlon. Developed by Nike, it’s a lightweight and bouncy foam that the company uses in its running and basketball shoes, but Lunarlon will now be incorporated into the Chuck II’s rubber sole. You probably still don’t want to run a race or shoot hoops while wearing them, but the Chuck IIs should still feel comfy after a long day’s wear.

    There are a few minor aesthetic changes with the Chuck II, including a non-slip tongue and the perforated suede liner—visible in the shot above—which helps improve breathability. (Translation: your feet won’t sweat and stink as much.) But overall it will be very difficult for most people to spot the differences between the original version and the upgrade—except the price tag. The high and low-top versions of the Chuck II will sell for $15 more than the originals at $75 and $70, respectively. The times, they are a-changin’.

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    Those were great for skating. The grip tape would shred them, but you were onlly out a few bucks.

    Horrible for everything else.
     
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    P.F.Flyers next ?
     
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    Nice Avatar, or what have you. You understand.
     
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    Heyy, thanks kid. Give my love to the family
     
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    reinventing the wheel arent they.
     
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    State of the art in 1970.
    A little science couldn't hurt.
     
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    Unlike coke, Nike knows what it is doing
     
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    Yup! And to think they actually played basketball in them!
     
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    My feet hurt just thinking about that.
     
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    Seen a few cute girls make them work, can't imagine wearing them myself
     
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    Will the tin foil hat crowd find those treads in the moon landing footage too?
     
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    What the hell is Howard going to wear next time he laces them up on the court?
     
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    Been wearing them 25 years. I always thought they were very comfortable. Once you break em in, they fit you like a glove.
     
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    I used to love my Converse Hi tops, had a red pair for a while in the 80s Then black. They are timeless, still look cool.
     
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    How long until John Var Va Tose rips this off and sells Gunky a pair for $850?
     
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    I'll wait 'til 3013 for Chuck III's.
     
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    I'll wear my Chucks and Levi 501's until the day I die!
     
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    Never liked Chucks. Always felt that the people wearing them were trying way to hard to look casual.
     
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