Chuck Taylors by Converse are the classic sneaker for cool, casual style when combined with the right outfit. It isn’t rocket science to rock them. But I do believe there are ways to – and not to! – wear them. Here are 12 DO’s and DON’Ts based on my experiences observing them on the streets.
Converse are not your ordinary sneaker. Over the years, they’ve gone from the basketball court to the red carpet. How-ev-er, they don’t perform miracles.
A dish with too many spices doesn’t always come out like Chicken Con Mole. Balance is key.
Converse automatically make a statement – as retro, artistic, ironic, irreverent, etc. And so, combining colorful Chucks with an equally outfit can be tricky – like wearing stripes with stripes. But, it CAN be done…well.
It’s sloppy, especially with worn-looking sneakers.
HOWEVER, Converse high tops can sometimes make a girl’s ankles look gangly and disproportionate. In that case, it helps to loosen the laces at the top. Another way to make your ankles look more proportionate is is to wrap the laces (as seen below).
Cropped wide-legged jeans, however, can look cool with high tops.
Wondering why I didn’t mention knee-length dresses? They can look frumpy or make legs look stumpy. But that, my friends, is a topic for a whole new post.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these looks I spotted in Milan, New York, L.A., Boston, San Francisco, and Seattle, Converse are a classic. They add a serious boost of style to myriad looks – or not. Which is your favorite way to wear Converse?
* This article was updated in May of 2017.