One of the things I was looking forward to while visiting the homeland in August was scoping out one of my favourite shopping spots: Winners. Canadian friends will understand my love for this store. American friends, think of it as a glorified Marshalls. Aussie friends, I’ve yet to find a comparison. The rest of the world…I do not know. All I DO know is that when I left Canada, a little piece of me was left in the Winners shoe aisle. Particularly the Calgary West Hills location, but I’ll try not to play favourites.
I have a running “fashion wish list”, mostly classic items and staple pieces that could stay in my closet for years to come, and I’m always on the look-out for them. That being said, I’ve been meaning to buy myself a pair of Chuck Taylor All-Star Converse sneakers (umm, we’re talking 5 years here). It’s not like they’re outrageously expensive or anything (usually around the $70-$80 range); I simply just haven’t gotten around to it! Until a few weeks ago…
I randomly saw a pair of my “most wanted” in THE store of all stores. I kind of wanted the classic, red-stripe version, but at this price I couldn’t really say ‘no’. Done.
I love these kicks for several reasons, but I think the most interesting is their history. Ever wonder what/who Chuck Taylor is? My inner nerd needed to do some research…
Chuck Taylor was a shoe salesman and basketball player. The “All-Star” sneaker was actually one of the first shoes worn for basketball and netball; Taylor wore them in his high school basketball days in 1917. After high school, he was hired by Converse and was responsible for the changing the shoe’s design for greater support and flexibility. By 1923, the shoes donned the “All-Star” logo, were coined “Chuck Taylor All-Stars”, and they really have’t changed a whole lot since! Interestingly, ol’ Chuck never received any royalty payments, despite selling over 600 million shoes with his name on it, although Converse DID give him an unlimited spending account. Hmm. I wonder if MJ would have agreed to such a deal with Nike? 😉
Fashion is so much more fun when it’s meaningful, don’t you think?
Or when it comes in baby size…
|Some neon toddler Chucks for Mr. Thomas. Thanks, Jocelyn!|
These sneakers can be super fun and feminine when styled properly. Here are a few of my favourite women’s All-Star looks.