So, this may be a bit cliche’. I mean, who hasn’t owned a pair of black high-top Chuck Taylors?
I’ve owned this particular pair of Converse for about ten years. I know my mom purchased them for me shortly after a mishap with bleach and my old low-top Chucks. (There was crying and upset. I was thirteen, what do you expect?)
Over the years since, they’ve been so many places with me, from summer camp, to history tour, to college, to the beach…the places are countless.
In high school I drew in the lines, colored in where the black stripes were falling off, and lost one of the metal rings in the sides. At some point, I lost the shoelaces and ended up getting shorter ones that didn’t fray at the edges or get as dirty from often being stuck under my soles on a daily basis. After many years of wear and tear and periods where I wore them nearly every day, holes are starting to show on the sides and back and my socks are visible through them. The Converse All-Star labels on the sides are wearing completely off on the top.
It wasn’t until I went to my grandma’s house for Easter this weekend and saw my thirteen-year old cousin wearing his brand-new low-top black Converse that I realized in how bad of shape mine are. It might be time for a visit to the store.
Will I get rid of these? Probably not for a while. They represent a lot of memories and a lot of miles of travel. However, the iconic part of them is being Converse All-Stars, Chuck Taylors, Chucks. These shoes have existed for years and are still a classic part of a majority of kids’ childhoods and memories. To have a brand last that long and have such a special part in people’s hearts is truly amazing in my book.
And I’ll keep my Chucks close by.
Do you own Converse now or did you as a child? What did they mean to you? What did you like about them?
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