I have tried many shoes, too many in fact. Almost exclusively they have been shoes for working out. I have tied some minimalist winter shoes, finally settling on Lems winter boots.
I like shoes that are minimalist, work well outside and inside the gym. I also prefer shoes that don’t scream “I CROSSFIT”. I want something simple, zero drop, a little cushioning, wide toe box, and a little bit of style. I have had a pair of classic Chuck Taylors for over a decade. They held up well. I bought them at Sport Check for under $50. I have bought much more expensive shoes that I wear much less.
Finding a new pair wasn’t as easy as I thought. Every store I went into had either classic black hi-tops or white ones. There is no way I would own a pair of white shoes, and despite being pretty torn up, my classic black Chucks still worked just fine. When I was out shopping for a new pair I came across a store with a different pair of Chucks. They were the new Chuck Taylor 2s. I didn’t know such a thing existed. I was intrigued. At first look, they looked just the same as the old ones.
If something isn’t broken, don’t fix it. The classic shoe hasn’t been updated much since 1921. They made a few changes to the new version. The difference between the 1 and the 2 are pretty simple. The patch on the 1 is printed on, sewn on the 2s. The insole of the original was just a foam insert, the 2 has the same performance insole as in the Nike Metcon. This is because Nike had bought out Converse in 2003. The lining on the inside has been upgraded with a softer material, no longer is it just plain canvas. A great new addition is two little elastics which keep the tongue in place. A problem I had all the time with the originals was the tongue falling crooked. Not bad for $15 more for a pair of shoes, still under $100 with taxes.
Two months of daily wear, plus using them in all my workouts, from heavy lifting, to running, to rope climbs, and they looks pretty good. Other than a little wear and tear all I have is a small wear mark on the back near the heel. For the price, I am definitely happy.
Yours in health,