The ever classic Chuck Taylors from Converse.

For about $44, why wouldn’t you have a pair of Chuck Taylors in your shoe quiver?  Originally created in 1917 as an “All Star”, these shoes have stood the test of time decade after decade as a quintessential classic.

From rockabillys to hip-hop legends to former U.S. presidents, it seems that Chuck Taylors have been a favorite of many well known figures in history.

James and Chucks.

There are, however, things you shouldn’t do when it comes to Chuck Taylors.  First off, don’t go with the crazy colors that are available.  Stick to white, black, navy blue or grey.  These will go with almost anything you’ve got.  Secondly, keep those babys clean.  They’re cheap enough where you can replace them after they get worn down.  Finally, don’t be afraid to use them in different types of situations.  You’ll be surprised how situation appropriate Chuck Taylors can be at almost any occassion.

JFK with his chucks.

Finally, you can get Chuck Taylor All-Stars pretty much anywhere from your local Footlocker to almost every online retailer.  Go grab yourself a pair and see what everyone has known about for the past century.

For more information about the history of the Chuck Taylor All-Stars, you can check out its entry in Wikipedia.  You can also view more information about Converse on their official site.

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