The Converse All Stars, also known as the Chuck Taylor All Stars, were developed in 1917, and since their creation, they have become a fashion staple and an icon of popular culture. Although they were originally designed for basketball players, they are now worn by people of all ages and backgrounds, for all intents and purposes. During an interview with Couponbox, Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator at the BATA Shoe Museum in Toronto, attributed the success of the Converse to people’s desire to use the shoe as a way of expressing their identity. Therefore, in this article, we suggest 3 ways men can wear their All Stars and remain unique.
Mix and Match Your All Stars with Different-Length Pants
If you’re looking to spice up your look, pairing your jeans with padded high tops is an option. Padded All Stars stand out more than their regular counterparts, so to balance the look, match them with straight and fitted jeans, making sure to tuck them in. You can also draw additional attention to your All Stars by rolling up your jeans to your ankles, giving your look a greater chic feel. All Stars can even be worn with shorts, as long as you keep the look simple: stick to a more casual outfit and keep the color scheme consistent.
Wear Patterned/Unconventionally Colored All Stars
The great thing about a solid-colored All Star is that it can go with many different outfits, even if the shade is unconventional.
The best way to pair an All Star with an attention-seeking color is by matching the color of the shoes with one of the main colors of the outfit. This way your shoes don’t clash with your outfit. If you’re looking to accentuate your individuality even more, you can also go for a patterned All Star. This will work best when part of a theme, for example by matching checkerboard-patterned high tops with a black and white outfit.
Use All Stars for a Smart-Casual Look
A simple All Star can help tone down a formal look. The best way to achieve this balance is by wearing a nice pair of smart pants, a polo shirt and a fitting jacket along with the shoes. Although sombre colors work best, light neutrals are also recommendable as part of a Scandi style. Experiment with fewer layers by donning a light denim shirt and tailored shorts, with preferably white, camel or khaki All Stars, keeping in mind that less is more.
Ultimately, the trick to achieving unique looks with All Stars is to be confident in yourself. The Converse All Star is an iconic shoe because of its versatility, so don’t be afraid to explore the vast outfit possibilities. Discover what works for you and how you can enhance the individuality of your style.