I have been in a relationship with Converse for more than half of my life. It runs in my family: I remember my dad’s stash of cream high tops sitting in a row in his closet in varying degrees of scruffiness. For my part, I never committed to one color—bright white, everyday black, and a pop of red have all been staples for me over the years. With the rise of designer sneakers, others tried to steal my heart. As I got older and reached higher levels—and often higher heels—in my professional life, I wondered if it was time to leave the shoes that had become my signature to my teenage years and younger adult life. The thing about Converse, though, is you really can’t live without them. Not only is there a Chuck Taylor for every occasion, they bring a coolness to every outfit whether you are looking for a basic tennis shoe to wear under trousers or the perfect sneaker to take a dress down a notch. It’s why we always stash an emergency pair in trunks for any shoot for Vogue. And, if you need more inspiration, seeing Senator Harris in her Chucks on the campaign trail certainly sent shock waves of joy through me.
In a year when many of us are reaching for our tried-and-trues, swapping high heels for classic loafers, and generally honing in on not only what we want to wear but also what’s practical and joy-inducing—I can’t help but think of my favorite sneakers. And, more importantly, stock up, especially with Amazon Prime Day upon us. Because some of my pairs have seen better days. That’s the thing about Chucks, they really last. When I look at my dirtiest pair, I think about the miles we’ve traveled together as sentimental as it sounds. It’s kind of like looking at your old passport full of stamps. And even though most of us Converse diehards abhor too fresh a pair, I think it’s time to separate mine by work Chucks and weekend Chucks. The only question left? Which color to restock first.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high top sneakers