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What's New At The ChucksConnection.

Second Edition of the Chucks! Book Now Available

Halloween and Chucks

Gift Ideas For That Chucks Person On Your List

New Waterproof Chuck Taylor Boots

Where Did That Shoe Size Number Go?

Nike Takes Over the Converse Website

The Chuck Taylor II Now Considered a Flop

Converse Announces New Fresh Colors for Fall, 2016

Converse’s New Marble Print Chucks For Women

Converse’s New Metallic Leather Chucks for Women

Back To College Guide for Guys

Back To School Style Guide for K-12 Boys

Back To School Backpack Guide

How The West Was Won: The Love Affair Between West Coast Hip-Hop and Chuck Taylors

Chucks with Built-In Wah-Wah Pedals

Nate Lowman’s Unique (And Expensive) Line of Chucks

RIP Anton Yelchin

Custom Banksy Chucks

Chucks: Unusual Canvases for Famous Works of Art

Packing Light? Pack Your Chucks.

Patriotic Chucks

ChucksConnection Is Becoming Mobile Friendly

Spring/Summer Chucks Fashion: The Festival Look

Converse Pride Collection

New Styles for Kids

The CONS CTAS Pro

Getting Out In Your Chucks

Getting Out in Your Chucks, Part 2

Chuck Strong

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Film Reviews:

If There Be Thorns, Jet Boy, Glasskår, Pas de répit pour Mélanie, Victor and the Secret of the Crocodile Mansion, Straight Outta Compton, Labyrinthus, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Storm, Home Invasion, Charlie St. Cloud, Graduation. Enter the Dangerous Mind, Night Shift, American Hero, Glory Road, Like Sunday, Like Rain, The Raid 2. New listings: A Dog Named Christmas, The Lego Movie, Underdog Kids, Death Race, Teufels Kicker (Devil’s Kickers), American Ultra, Regret!, Sleeping Giant, A Talking Pony!?!, The Big Lebowski, Everybody Wants Some!!


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Halloween and Chucks, The Design Your Own Chucks article has been updated. New Marketing Strategies for the Chuck Taylor is updated, Chucks in Sports


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Second Edition of the Chucks! Book Now Available

 

Hal Peterson’s book Chucks! The Phenomenom of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars is now newly revised and updated from its original 2007 release. There have been many changes and additions to the world of chucks since the book was published which are addressed in the new edition. In revising the book, Peterson spent a lot of time adding new photographs and graphic displays of chucks. The all color book has hundreds of pictures that include new lines of shoes like the Rock Band tribute chucks, Comic Book and Superhero print chucks, the Chuck Taylor ’70, the Chuck Taylor II, distressed chucks and chucks made from special materials. There are many updates to the Chucks in the Media chapter addressing new films, television shows, and music videos where chucks make an appearance. Changes in the marketing of chucks since the book came out are also discussed.

 

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The cover of the second edition.

 

In the intersecting worlds of fashion, sports, and popular culture, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has become a beloved icon. Based on many of the features contained in this website, the book explores the reasons why chucks wearers are so loyal to the product, what people like so much about chucks, and how chucks have helped to change the world of fashion.  The book examines the art and design of chucks, and what makes them the classic American sneaker. For a more complete description of the contents or to order a copy, use this link to go to our Books About Chucks Page.

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New Waterproof Chuck Taylor Boots

 

As we wind 2016 down, Winter is quickly approaching and your footwear is going to need to adjust with the coming change in weather. As the streets get snowy and wet, Converse has got your mission to stay dry covered with their brand new Chuck Taylor Waterproof Leather Boots. These boots are part of their Counter Climate Collection, which take your favorite Converse styles and enhance them for rain-or-shine comfort. They come in two style varieties: the solid color scheme based off the Chuck II’s, and the dual color scheme Tekoa model based off the original Chuck Taylors. Each variant costs $120 on Converse.com, and comes in 4 different colors.

 

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The Chuck II style boot is stylish and street ready.

 

The Chuck II style are solid color boots that come in Bone, Black, Medium Brown, and Terracotta. They feature the iconic Chuck Taylor emblem on the side, and the Converse All-Star logo on the back heel. This variant is much more similar to the chucks you know and love than the Tekoa, and are less boot-like.They are made from a meshed leather material that gives them a cool look, and keeps your feet dry. They also include Nike Lunarlon insole designed for cushioning and added comfort. The inner sleeve is made from Neoprene to keep your feet extra warm during the cold months of Winter.

 

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The Tekoa boot is more rugged and durable.

 

The Tekoa model is very similar to the Chuck II style. It also has neoprene sleeve to protect your feet from the elements, and is also made of leather to ensure maximum dryness. However, it is different in that it does not contain Nike Lunarlon insoles, and comes in styles that are both mono and dual color (White/Black, Black/White, All Black, and Tan/Black). The outsoles are also vastly different. The Tekoa is much more like a boot in that it is a Lugged rubber sole designed for extra traction, while the Chuck II has the standard rubber outsole. Whichever style you choose, your feet are sure to stay warm and dry this Winter, while still getting to wear the same chucks style you love!

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The differences in their soles (Top: Tekoa, Bottom: Chuck II).

 

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Halloween and Chucks

 

It’s time for Halloween parties and trick or treating again, as we approach the end of October. Chucks can be a part of your costume, and there is an article with pictures on this site that gives you some ideas for costumes. And chucks always make good footwear to wear with your costume, providing some sure footing in the night. Whatever you choose to wear, we hope that you have a safe and fun experience.

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This kid is ready for trick or treating in a cat costume and black high top chucks.

 

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Gift Ideas For That Chucks Person On Your List

 

The holidays are coming and it's time to start making your gift list. Finding the right gift at the right price is often difficult. If you know (or are) someone who is an enthusiatic fan and wearer of chucks, what do you get that person besides a new pair of chucks? These days a new pair is a big gift, with the prices ranging between $50 to $100 for most new pairs. Luckily the ChucksConnection is here to assist you with a short list of gifts that range from stocking stuffers to credible gifts under $20 and appropriate for people of all ages. Go to our Gifts Page to see the complete list of our recommendations.

 

Where Did That Shoe Size Number Go?

 

Do small details in the looks of our chucks matter? Here at The ChucksConnection we think so. Over the years we have seen this happening with the stitching (only the core models have the traditional stitching of white on the uppers and the canvas color on the back spine). Perhaps it is a little thing but it does make a difference in the appearance of the shoe. The look of the stitching is part of the unique look of the Chuck Taylor sneaker. Why mess with that look with all one color stitching?

 

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This chuck doesn’t have a size number.

 

Another one of the cool features of the Chuck Taylor shoe was you could always see your shoe size on the outer sole of each shoe. It was there on the indented part of the outer sole under the Converse name. Now that number has disappeared, not only in seasonal models but in the core models issued by Converse lately. This is supposedly another money saving feature. They don’t make the outer soles from one piece of rubber anymore, but instead use a textile combination made from pieces. Without the numbers, there are less pieces. It would be one thing if it was going to save the consumer money, but as you know, the price of chucks continues to go up. It’s too bad that the traditions of the Chuck Taylor shoe aren’t very important to the Converse Company any more.

 

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Nike Takes Over the Converse Website

 

Over the past months, Nike has consolidated its control over the Converse Company by taking over its website and incorporating it into their main Nike site that now includes Nike clothing and shoes, the Michael Jordan line, Converse, and Hurley. It used to be that you could type Converse.com into any web browser and that would take you to the Converse USA home page. Now that URL takes you the the UK Converse site. The new address for Converse USA is http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/converse. You can type in this URL for Converse, www.converse.com/us/en_us/c/converse, but it just directs you to the Nike site. All customers are encouraged to join Nike+, which will give you some options like free shipping on shoe orders. And of course the strategy behind this is to get you to order Nike products as well as Converse shoes and clothing.

 

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A brown Converse Chuck II Waterproof Mesh Backed Leather High Top.

 

One of the latest campaigns for Converse is called Counter Climate, which features a number of different waterproofed shoes for the winter months like the Converse Chuck II Waterproof Mesh Backed Leather pictured above, now available on the Nike+ website. Only time will tell if this consolidated strategy will be a winner for Nike/Converse or whether it will end up confusing customers who dial up Converse but end up at Nike.

 

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The Chuck Taylor II Now Considered a Flop

 

One year after Converse introduced the Chuck Taylor II, a remake of the classic Chuck Taylor sneaker, the new line of shoes is not doing well in sales and consumer acceptance. There are two main problems with the new products, their high price and the fact that they no longer have the classic look of chucks that generations of fans expect to see in a Chuck Taylor product.

 

A recent article in Bloomberg News cites declining sales for the shoes, which were retailing at between 50 to 100% more than the traditional Chuck Taylor high and low tops, already a little pricey at $50 to $55 a pair. Since the introduction of the Chuck Taylor II, Converse sales have declined “after averaging 15% growth the past four years” and are being sold at large discounts by many athletic shoe retailers in order to move the product. Click on this link to view the complete story.

 

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Four of the original Chuck Taylor II low top models.

 

The removal of the racing stripes from the Chuck Taylor II models makes it much harder to distinguish them from other brands. This really was an unnecessary change, and as was mentioned on this website when they were first introduced, they no longer have the complete iconic look that chuck-wearers like.

 

One of the other new features was the new insole for the CT II, which was to provide more comfort. Having tried wearing chucks with and without the insert, there isn’t a lot of difference in the feel and comfort. This is something that could have just been added to the classic models of the Chuck Taylor shoes, maybe as a payback to the consumer for the now high prices for high and low top chucks. If you want to experience this in a black high top or low top sneaker, Converse has a skater version, the CONS CTAS Pro that looks mostly like the standard black and white Chuck Taylor and includes the new insole. (See the feature on this below.)

 

As we have reported before on this site, this isn’t the first attempt at a Chuck Taylor makeover that was unsuccessful. Lately Nike has been taking firmer control over Converse and so far their efforts are backfiring. Corporate types who most likely never wear chucks shouldn’t make decisions about them without getting more feedback from the legions of chuck enthusiasts who wear them daily and have some definite opinions about the product. If Converse/Nike wants to do something to improve the Chuck Taylor line, one thing they could do is go back to the original standards for manufacture: quality canvas duck uppers and all rubber outer soles instead of the composite textile used today. Wouldn’t it be great to open a box containing a new pair of chucks and smell that great rubber aroma again that used to be part of the experience of owning a brand new pair of chucks? They started to do this with the Chuck 70 line, but didn’t go all the way. Maybe now is the time to do so.

 

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Converse Announces New Fresh Colors for Fall, 2016

 

A new line of seasonal single color high top and low top chucks is now available from Converse. Called fresh colors in their advertising, the line for this fall has more colors to choose from, and best of all, they are all available in half sizes. In previous years this line was only available in whole sizes, a practice that was due to retailers like Journeys complaining that they didn’t want to stock so many sizes. But chucks are still very popular and for once it seems that the consumer is winning. If you want to buy chucks from a retail store, you should be able to get them in whole or half sizes. If a half size fits you best, better to order online than accept a shoe that doesn’t quite fit you.

 

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Every year Converse makes seasonal models of chucks in bright colors.

 

Our outlook page has the complete listing of the new seasonal colors, along with photos of each high top and low top model. Remember that these are usually only made once, so if you see a color you really like, now is the time to buy it. It may not be available at a later date.

 

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Converse’s New Marble Print Chucks For Women

 

If you’re a woman looking to switch up the style of chucks in your closet, Converse has just released their new Marble Print Chuck Taylor’s. This customizable variant of the classic chucks you love are available in both high and low tops, and will cost about $80 a pair. Converse has a few predetermined combinations available on their website, but the possibilities are endless for what you can create for your feet.

 

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Marble white/blue low top model.

 

The Marble Print chucks are available in four distinct colors combinations: Black/White, White/Blue, White/Gray, and Gray/Black. All four are available in both the high and low top model. The colors are very soft, and while different, aren’t too in your face. They show that you’re stylish, but in a subdued way. Each combination also blends very well as the marbling is expertly done.

 

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Marble white/gray high tops.

 

Through the NikeiD customizer, you can choose any style for each part of your chucks. You can customize both the inside and outside body, the tongue, the heel stripe, the laces, the lining, the rubber sidewall, the racing stripe, the eyelets, the stitching, and the patch logo. You can even personalize them further by printing your own personal ID on the rear of the show. With these tools, and the marble print, it won’t be hard for anyone to make these chucks their own.

 

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Marble black/white high tops.

 

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Converse’s New Metallic Leather Chucks for Women

 

If you want to make a bold statement, nothing beats getting a nice shiny new pair of kicks. Converse has got you covered with their new Metallic Leather Chuck Taylors. These women’s shoes come in a variety of styles and models ranging from prices of $50-$80. There’s a little something for everyone and each is guaranteed to have people staring at your chucks!

 

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Gunmetal is sleek and stylish.

 

The basic model comes in both high and low top form at the usual Converse prices of $50 and $55 respectively. They come in the same three colors each: Gunmetal, which is a light silver color, Gold, and Olive. The high tops still feature the classic Chuck Taylor logo on the side, and have black piping on the sole. These shoes have all the style of the classic chucks you know and love, while also adding on a fresh coat of shine that really make them pop.

 

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The bedazzled Teal model.

 

If you want to go even further down the fashion rabbit hole, Converse has got you covered with their bedazzled metallic leather chucks. These will cost you a bit more, with lows running at $75 and the highs at $80, but they do come with that extra bit of pizzaz. They also come in a wider variety of colors including Gunmetal, Gold, Black, and Teal. So if you’re looking to step up your chucks game and really make your feet pop, then we suggest getting a new pair of Converse’s Metallic Leather Chuck Taylor’s.

 

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That same chucks style in gold.

 

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Back To College Guide for Guys

 

Correspondent Marcus Angulo writes:

“College is rough. It’s even rougher when you have a limited wardrobe, and you need to update your style. As a 20 something guy in college myself, I often face this challenge while I’m at school. There is always a need to dress differently, while both staying true to your own sense of style and not breaking the bank. Luckily enough, chucks have been my saving grace when it comes to this dilemma They’re stylish, cost effective, and can be paired with so many different outfit combinations that I’ll never have to worry about my wardrobe again. Pick any color and then pair them with other Chuck Taylor branded apparel. Together you can have a cohesive outfit that is both relatively affordable, and able to be paired with other clothes you already own.

 

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Chuck Taylor T-Shirt ($25), Sweatshirt ($60), Converse CONS pants ($70), and red/black chucks ($55)

 

“If making one outfit doesn’t suit you, I recommend buying a one pair of chucks that will go with anything. For me, this is my pair of black and white chucks. They are my go-to shoe when I’m getting dressed in the morning because they go with anything. It’s a classic look that never gets old, and works with jeans, shorts, sweatshirts, graphic tees, button ups, long sleeves, khakis, flannel, etc.

 

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My “go-to” pair whenever I need something to wear.

 

“When you’re in college, school pride is important. There is no better way to show said pride than with a customized pair of chucks. Perfect for football games, baseball games, basketball games, and any other sporting event your school might compete in. The tools to customize a pair of chucks are simple and easy to use, and include a wide variety of colors, designs, and patterns to choose from. So whether it’s complete outfits, shoes that fit with whatever you own, or a customized pair of chucks to show your school spirit, Converse has got you covered as you get ready to start another year in college.”

 

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A customized pair of chucks in my school’s colors.

 

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Back To School Style Guide for K-12 Boys

 

In the coming weeks, school will be starting back up for kids across America. Converse has a wide selection to help you with the headache that is back to school shopping for a young boy in grade school. Starting with shoes, Converse has various styles of chucks that will definitely be a daily favorite of any child heading back to school. These include the ever-popular core colors (black, red, blue, white) in high and low top models. A good selection for the more active youngster might be the Chuck Taylor All Star Easy Rides. This mid top shoe comes in black and white, and has a more athletic sole than the standard Chuck Taylor, offering rubber insoles that are perfect for long play periods. It’s also made of a flexible suede material that ensures both comfort and durability.

 

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The Easy Rides cost about $52 and come in size 10.5c-6y.

 

Adding a few shirts to your child’s wardrobe is always a must during back to school shopping, and of course, Converse has got you covered. With a selection that includes graphic tees, and long sleeves, there’s something for everyone. T-shirts are a must have for any young boy going to school 5 times a week. These two shirts from Converse cost about $18, and feature the two different styles you’ll find on their website. One is a graphic design tee that features an artistic representation of the Converse brand, and the other is the iconic Chuck Taylor logo in a distinctive color.

 

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Celebrating Converse’s history with music (L), and the iconic Chuck Taylor brand (R).

 

Finally, any young boy would be thrilled to have a hat that they can wear with any outfit, any day of the week. In this situation, the best selection from Converse is the CONS adjustable hat. This hat costs about $33, and comes in all black. It features an adjustable leather strap on the back, and the CONS logo in black raised stitching on the front. This is a hat that will go with whatever your child wants to wear on any day of the week.

 

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A stylish top to any outfit for any child.

 

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Back To School Backpack Guide

 

It’s late July, which means that in the next month millions of kids across America will start school again, and each will have to go back-to-school shopping for new clothes, shoes, and supplies. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Converse’s current lineup of backpacks. The first two options are the Converse ‘Essentials’ and Converse ‘CONS’ backpacks. These two models are on the pricier side of the spectrum, costing $75 and $130 respectively. Each come equipped with a dedicated laptop pocket, and extra front pockets. The ‘Essentials’ comes in black, and the ‘CONS’ comes in desert camo with customizable velcro patches that can be applied to the outside of the backpack.

 

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The ‘Essentials’ (left), and The ‘CONS’ (right).

 

The next line of backpacks is the Converse ‘Canvas’. These are considerably more affordable at just $45, and come emblazoned with the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star logo. While these do not feature a dedicated laptop pocket, they do come in a wider variety of colors, which include an all-black version, a purple/cherry combination, and a red/white/blue combination. There is also a special edition reflective, black camo version.

 

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Three of the different styles of Canvas backpacks.

 

Finally, there is the Converse ‘Original’ backpack. These cost only $40, and are the cheapest option offered on the official Converse website. They also do not include a dedicated laptop pocket like the ‘Canvas’, but they do feature one more front pocket than the ‘Canvas’. They also include the famous Chuck Taylor logo, and come in 3 different colors: charcoal, deep red, and a special reflective rain version in black. No matter what type of backpack you’re looking for this back-to-school shopping season, Converse has you covered with a wide variety of styles, colors, and prices.

 

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The Reflective Rain (left), Charcoal (top right), and Deep Red (bottom right) Originals backpacks.

 

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How The West Was Won: The Love Affair Between West Coast Hip-Hop and Chuck Taylors

 

The rap scene on the West Coast was brought to mainstream prominence in the late 1980’s with the rise of acts like Ice T, and NWA. One of the most striking aspects of the genre was the fashion. Gone were the brightly colored tracksuits, Kangols, and Adidas Superstars that doned rappers from New York throughout the previous decade. Instead, many rappers from the Golden State wore plain black t-shirts, black jeans, and Chuck Taylors. This style was more true to the everyday lives of rappers from Los Angeles, who more often than not couldn’t afford the pricier Adidas, Kangol, and Nike apparel. Chucks also represented everything that West Coast Hip-Hop was: real and honest. They’re a no nonsense show that makes a statement just like the pioneers of gangsta rap.

 

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Snoop Doggy Dogg embodies the West Coast Style in this press photo from Death Row Records.

 

This style would continue throughout the 90’s in what is regarded as the golden age of West Coast Hip-Hop. New artists like Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Tupac Shakur continued the “street” style and expanded on it, adding gang colors, bandanas, athletic jerseys, and baggier jeans to the mix. Chucks were always the constant though, appearing on the feet of the biggest “gangsta rappers” of the decade.

 

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These chucks are airbrushed as a tribute to the late Eazy-E.

 

This style continued all the way into the 2000’s with a new generation of rappers such as The Game and Kendrick Lamar adopting the footwear of the pioneers they grew up idolizing. To this day, chucks remain a major shoe in hip-hop because of what the style the West Coast started. This 30 year love affair between hip-hop and Chuck Taylors won’t end anytime soon because they are just meant to be.

 

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The Game wears chucks on the cover of his debut, double platinum album “The Documentary”.

 

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Chucks with Built-In Wah-Wah Pedals

 

From Kurt Cobain to Slash to David Howell Evans (a.k.a. “The Edge”) many musicians have been known to wear chucks. In 2003, Converse created a prototype for a pair of chucks with a built-in wah pedal. In June 2016, the finished product arrived.

 

A wah-wah or wah pedal is a guitar effects pedal that alters the tone of a signal to create a distinctive effect—one that mimics the human voice. The sound produced by the wah pedal—the “wah effect”—is produced when the pedal sweeps the peak response of filter up and down in frequency. The wah effect is used when guitarists are soloing or creating funky “wacka wacka” rhythms.

 

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The “All Wah” chuck, with built-in wah-wah pedal.

 

Dubbed the “All Wah,” chucks with built-in wah pedals use microsensor technology to track the flexes of the shoes’ soles. Then, they communicate with included Wah Boxes via Bluetooth. The All Wah sneakers work with amps, but they can also be connected to Macs and IPhones. All Wah chucks are difficult for musicians to get their hands on because there are only 23 pairs in circulation. Converse has not made any comment regarding when All Wah chucks will be available to the public, if at all. As of now, only a small number of chuck-loving musicians have experienced the All Wah. Bluetooth technology has not been applied in the wah pedal world until now. As a result, musicians and techies are unsure if the All Wah is reliable enough to replace traditional wah pedals during live performances. Furthermore, some musicians may not be too thrilled about the idea of having two audio jacks connected to their shoe during a performance. Despite these uncertainties, the All Wah is a brilliant concept that has been brought to life.

 

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Nate Lowman’s Unique (And Expensive) Line of Chucks

 

Nate Lowman is a New York-based artist who has been wearing chucks since 1986. The treads from his chucks are even featured in some of his paintings as a result of studio wear and tear. In collaboration with Just One Eye, Lowman did a special project: he cut one of his paintings into as many pairs of unique high top chucks as possible. One of these original unique pairs will be reprinted for a limited run of 500 reproductions. As of now, however, availability of these unique chucks is limited to only a couple dozen pairs.

 

Nate Lowman’s exclusive collection was conceived in Los Angeles, California and it stands apart in the fashion and art worlds. The Nate Lowman x Converse x Chuck Taylor All Star shoe is constructed from one of Lowman’s original canvases called “Marilyn.” Each shoe is hand-cut by Lowman and sewn on to a rubber Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 sole by a skilled craftsman in Los Angeles. According to Brian Farmer, a correspondent for High Snobiety, the canvas is “composed of oil and high gloss alkyd paint and latex and acrylic and high gloss alkyd paint on un-primed canvas.”

 

Nate Lowman chucks

(1) Lowman’s original “Marilyn” canvas; (2 & 3) Lowman hand-cuts each shoe; (4 & 5) each shoe is sewn onto a chucks ’70 model sole; (6 & 7) final products from Lowman’s exclusive collection.

 

The shoes are lined with uncolored, unfinished Italian calf leather and stamped with Just One Eye’s logo and Nate Lowman’s signature. Naturally, Lowman’s collection of chucks is extremely exclusive. There are only 8 handmade pairs created from Lowman’s original canvas and 13 pairs from the Lowman’s drop cloth. Currently, only 18 of the 21 one-of-a-kind shoes are available and they can only be purchased exclusively through Just One Eye for the steep price of $25,000/pair.

 

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RIP Anton Yelchin

 

This week we were saddened by the news of the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin. Another great young chucks-wearing actor actor has been taken away from us. Most people know of Yelchin from his role as Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek series produced by J.J. Abrahms, but he had a long career as a child and teenaged actor before that. Yelchin was one of the top actors wearing chucks in feature films, and in his case, they were all leading or featured roles. As a twelve-year-old he was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis, played Jack, a teenager befuddled by his father coming out as gay, lived in the troubled and eccentric world that Finn Earl discovers in Fierce People, was a young David Duchovny in House of D, and starred as Charlie Bartlett, a wealthy non-conformist teenager trying to finding some acceptance in his life. In all these and other roles, Anton distinguished himself as a actor who could hold your attention on screen and his own with all the other stars he worked with.

 

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Anton Yelchin in a casual pose and rock climbing.

 

Yelchin loved to wear black high top chucks in his personal life as well. There are many photos of him wearing chucks at media and publicity photo shoots like the ones above. Just like some of his chucks-wearing predecessors who also died way before they should have — Jonathan Brandis, River, Phoenix, and Brad Renfro — Anton Yelchin will be greatly missed. At least we have his body of film work to remember him by.

 

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Custom Banksy Chucks

 

Banksy is a British street artist, political activist and film director whose work is internationally recognized. Many people are fascinated by Banksy because of the fact that he has managed to keep his actual identity hidden despite the popularity of his work. While some of his art has clear political and social messages, most are left up for interpretation.

 

Banksy’s art is becoming more prevalent in the world of custom chucks. One of his most recognized pieces is called “Balloon Girl.” It was originally painted on a gray concrete wall in a London suburb, but was removed by the city shortly after. The painting depicts a little girl who let go of a red, heart-shaped balloon and is watching it drift into the sky. This is just one example of Banksy art that has shown up on custom chucks.

 

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Banksy’s “Balloon Girl” reproduced on a pair of chucks.

 

One possible reason why Banksy is a popular request in the world of custom chucks is that his philosophies resonate with people who appreciate unconventional forms of self-expression. People who are fans of custom chucks are those who want to make a statement, like Banksy. Banksy’s art is primarily street art and many deem his work “vandalism.” The more liberal and artistic destinations—like Paris, for example—welcome street art. The more conservative places—such as the London suburb where “Balloon Girl” was painted—immediately remove street art or somehow cover it up. Therefore, the desire to promote Banksy’s social and political messages is another likely reason for the popularity of custom Banksy chucks.

 

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Chucks: Unusual Canvases for Famous Works of Art

 

Famous works of art are showing up on interesting and unusual canvases: chucks. Thanks to the craftsmanship of gifted artists around the world and the introduction of e-commerce websites such as Etsy.com, the “customization craze” is permeating nearly every facet of the fashion industry, including chucks.

 

From Edvard Munch’s The Scream to Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans to Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (also known as Melting Clocks), talented artists are reinventing how people express what they appreciate through fashion. Depictions of these world-renowned masterpieces are no longer limited to reprints, Google Image searches, and desktop screensavers. Consumers are liberated from the confines of uniformity that formerly appealed to the masses only. Everybody with Internet access is invited to explore customization and become more innovative in how they express their artistic preferences via their sneakers.

 

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Munch’s The Scream (top), Picasso-inspired design, Warhol’s Banana, Monet’s Water Lilies, Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (bottom), Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Raphael’s Angels (center)

 

Custom chucks that portray famous works of art redefine the notion of a canvas. Canvas no longer only refers to the material with which chucks are made. Now, chucks’ canvas material is the canvas—the one upon which old and new works of art can be creatively and intricately reproduced.

 

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Packing Light? Pack Your Chucks.

 

Correspondent Natalie Kaaha writes: It’s hard to “pack light” for summer vacations without being exactly sure what activities you’ll be doing. Most summer getaway destinations offer a wide variety of activities—hiking, sightseeing, shopping, bar hopping, sailing, zip lining, dancing, etc. And shoes tend to suck up a lot of that precious suitcase real estate. Is it really necessary to pack a different pair of shoes for every single activity? I don’t think so. So instead of packing hiking boots, tennis shoes, water shoes, sightseeing shoes, and nightlife shoes, just pack your chucks. Or, better yet, wear your chucks on the plane.

 

Shoes tend to suck up a lot of suitcase space (especially for women), making it difficult squeeze in the other necessities. Having been fortunate enough to travel to many different places and experience all sorts of different climates, I am a seasoned packer. In Tanzania, I was only permitted to bring what could fit in the duffel that the tour company provided for me. Given that I was there for two weeks, I made sure that every single item was versatile and durable. So, naturally, I packed my chucks and wore them every single day.

 

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Want to bring two pairs of chucks? Pack one pair in your bag and wear another on the plane!

 

Sometimes it’s tough to pack light, especially if you enjoy having options once you reach your destination. Because they are so practical and easy to “dress up” or “dress down,” chucks are a staple in the vacation packing department!

 

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Patriotic Chucks

 

On the Fourth of July, many Americans utilize this patriotic holiday to get out and enjoy the best vacation spots our country has to offer across the nation. For chuck fans, many have observed this holiday by sporting a pair of patriotic chucks. Whether its the American flag style or camo, here are some patriotic chucks to help you celebrate our country.

Classic American Flag

 

A long time classic canvas seasonal model, Stars and Bars chucks are a fitting way to show your patriotic side. Featuring the bars on the side and the stars down the tongue, when sporting these, there’s no doubt about your feelings towards the United States of America.

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Stars and Bars high top.

 

Starry Eyed

 

For those feeling like going a little more expressive with their patriotism, the classic stars chuck is a great idea. Featuring the original canvas upper with a blue backdrop and star pattern, the red tongue line and white bottom perfectly compliment the colors of the flag.

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White stars on blue canvas high top.

 

Camoflauge

 

For those looking to honor our military in style, the Converse One Star ’74 camo is the shoe for you. Featuring a military-grade camo upper designed by Brookwood Companies, this low top model is designed for look and performance. As part of the First String collection, this model is proof of high quality American craftsmanship and a fitting tribute to our fighting men and women.

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One star low cut with camouflauge upper.

 

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ChucksConnection Is Becoming Mobile Friendly

 

With an increasing amount of our web traffic coming from mobile phone users, it was time to make The ChucksConnection more mobile friendly. Our pages had all been redesigned in recent years to accommodate tablets; now it was time to do the same for mobile phones. There were some pages on the site that just wouldn’t make the transformation without seriously comprising their look and content. For those pages we have created mobile friendly alternate pages. You will see a Mobile Friendly Version link at the top of a web page if that is the case. Our home page and many of the shoelace pages fit into that category.

 

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Our mobile ready home page.

 

Most of our pages could be modified without changing their basic look so we have done that. This page, ChuckTalk, is an example of that. Readers on desktop, laptop, and large tablets will notice the bigger font sizes and simpler table layouts, but none of the content has been compromised, and the newer layouts are still space efficient. Due to the very large number of content pages on this website, it will take a while to redo all of our pages. But over the next several months the transformation will be completed.

 

Because many of the articles are long and detailed, you may wish to read them in landscape view, by turning your phone sideways. This is preferable to OS reader views, which leave out things on the page, and the font sizes are the same. Whatever your device or viewing preferences, we hope you will continue to come to The ChucksConnection for information and features about chucks.

 

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Converse Pride Collection

 

The many Gay Pride parades, which take place in cities across the globe, are one of the defining characteristics of the LGBT movement. Held year round, with many of the larger ones in cities like San Francisco and New York taking place during the summer, Pride is an event for the entire LGBT community to come together and celebrate who they are. For decades, the rainbow flag has been one of the strongest symbols of Pride and the LGBT community. The newest addition to the Quick Strike collection from Converse celebrates Pride and the LGBT community with the new Pride Collection.

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The Converse Pride high top features a rainbow print upper, and rainbow dyed outer soles.

 

The highlight of the collection is the Chuck Taylor All Star Pride. Featuring a unique woven rainbow/white upper with a rainbow license plate and aglets, the shoe is a fitting piece to celebrate in. There are also a multitude of color combinations fitted to the high and low top silhouettes. Those include a black rainbow splatter hi-top, white splattered low top, rainbow/black starry high top, and two water color rainbow/white chucks in both low and high models.

 

Furthermore, the collection includes custom chuck options for anyone looking to design their own pair of pride chucks. Three t-shirts are also available. One is a traditional Converse t-shirt with rainbow font, and the other two feature the slogans “Thanks for Coming Out” and “Proud to Be.”

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The CONS CTAS Pro

 

One of the many great things about chucks is their versatility. While originally designed as an athletic shoe (with basketball being the sport of choice), the shoe has been adapted and redesigned for a multitude of purposes and styles. Chucks are used as weightlifting shoes, art canvases, and are the everyday footwear of regular folks as well as rock and film stars. Chucks also hold a place as classic skateboarding shoes. While the Converse company was slow to see the potential of the skateboarding market, other companies such as Vans have long catered to that market. Converse’s parent company, Nike, has lately been developing a strong position in the skateboarding market. Although chucks hold a place in the pantheon of classic skate shoes, technology has seen that place slip. However, that’s changing with the CONS CTAS Pro line.

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The CONS CTAS Pro high top.

 

Combining cutting edge skate performance with the classic look of the high or low top Chuck Taylor, the CONS CTAS Pro strikes a perfect balance. Featuring heavy canvas or suede uppers, traction rubber, a Lunarlon sock liner, gusseted tongue, and metal eyelets, the CTAS Pro is a great modern skate shoe. It’s lightweight and still utilizes the traditional rubber toecap and flat sole.

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The CONS CTAS Pro low top.

 

The CTAS Pro comes in canvas black/white and grey/white low models and a black/white suede high top model. In addition, there are leather Jason Jessee signature models featuring details inspired by the skater’s black Tibetan motorcycle. The Ripstop models are made from the same fabric used in hot air balloons and parachutes. This warm weather model comes in high/low tops in charcoal for the highs and herbal or “my van is on fire” orange for the lows. If you’re a chucks fan who loves hitting the skate park and are looking to step your game up, these shoes are the ones for you.

 

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Summer Chuck Fashion: The Festival Look

 

Correspondent Jack Hunter gives out some fashion advice for attending festivals in warm weather: Is it a music festival or a celebrity fashion show where there happens to be live music? Coachella might be labeled as a music and arts festival, but fashion seems to be the biggest part of the two weekend event. The Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival has become a cultural icon and the basis for a new spring/summer style: the festival outfit. Party hippy, part hipster, part gypsy, and maybe a mix of a few more things, the festival style has become a new fashion trend not only for dusty weekend concerts but also for the warmest months of the year. While having a breadth of ways to go about pulling off the festival look, one item is a staple across whatever you’re trying to wear: a solid pair of chucks. Like with many style trends, a good pair of chucks goes a long way in topping off a killer outfit. Here are a few examples of both successful and not so successful ways to pull off the festival look with your favorite pair of chucks.

 

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Winner look 1; loser look 1.

 

Winner: Here’s a warm weather look that works great both at a kick-ass festival or a nice Saturday stroll along the beach. Sported by Zach Braff of Scrubs fame, this simple look utilizes a crisp pair of navy blue high-tops to perfection. Color coordinating with some cut-off navy jean shorts, sweet socks and a simple charcoal t-shirt, this look is stylish in its easy simplicity. Combining warm and cool colors is a great way to keep with the warm vibes of summer, and a clean pair of chucks always tops the ensemble off. This outfit can work in a variety of color combinations as well.

 

Loser: While Amber Rose looks great here, she’s not the focus of this lost cause. The fella on her right is sporting an outfit almost insulting to be wearing with a pair of chucks. Rose utilizes the handle or nickname “Muva” in a variety of media platforms, and it appears to have jumped into fashion as well. While the dude on the right is sporting a clean tee with the name, the outfit on the right is just too much. This provides a prime example of the kind of ensemble NOT to rock chucks in. Something this loud is a bit much not only for a music festival (even by Coachella standards) but for any situation. Note to wearer, chucks go with something a bit simpler or not as uniform.

 

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Winner look 1; loser look 1.

 

Winner: When rocking a pair of chucks to compliment an outfit, keep in mind that simpler is usually better. While there are definitely chucks out their that speak to bold, utilizing a classic pair usually isn’t a bad decision. Like here, with Louise Roe, a fresh pair of white high tops provide the finishing touches on a great look. Paired here a nude colored top and some classic jean shorts, Roe’s chuck finished outfit is on point. Again, it lands both at and outside a festival. The sun hat and olive drab jacket don’t hurt either.

 

Loser: Chucks can certainly work with loud, or even out there type outfits. However, this is not one of them. From a color perspective, things work here. Soft greys and white go great together, especially in warmer weather. However, the gypsy pants look isn’t a great one on guys, and is a bit overused in general. Had the fella here gone with some dark pants or even rolled up jeans, things would be better. The chucks he’s rocking are great, but are wasted by this faux-hippy look. While it may land at Coachella, something like this will get you some odd looks out on the street.

 

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Chuck Strong

 

Some people who wear chucks to the gym give us their thoughts:

 

“They’re flat footed so [chucks] are great for squats and deadlifts,” weightlifter Thomas Murray said, “the chuck 2’s have a super comfy sole and they look great.” So they have both style and functionality.

 

Ryan Purcell, another Bay Area resident very much into fitness, had additional reasons that were even more enlightening. “Not only are they stylish but the chuck 2.0 mids give me more stability in my ankle for a wide range of movements,” he said. “The 2.0 has a new Nike insole making it softer and more responsive while maintaining a zero drop for essential compound lifts like squats and deadlifts.”

 

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These black high tops are a great workout shoe.

 

Chucks have been the choice of athletes for many decades so it shouldn’t be a surprise that chucks work well in the gym. Correspondent Jack Hunter decided to try wearing his pair of black high tops for a couple of workouts. “My doubts and worries were quickly swept away, much to my surprise. From a functional standpoint, I actually enjoyed my chucks much more than the Nike training shoes I’d been using for years. The flat rubber sole gave me much more stability during all of my lifts, especially during my leg workout. While I used original chucks, I found the flat sole to be great for squats and leg presses. The other workout I did involved chest and triceps lifts, and the high tops gave me great footing as well. Additionally, the ankle support was great. I had never had a problem by wearing low top trainers, but having the tight support of my high top chucks was a nice bonus. Plus, they do look great in the gym also. All in all, I was very surprised and pleased at how great of workout shoes chucks are. They offer great ankle support, stable footing and a different style to rock in the gym. I don’t plan on using them doing much more functional workouts, as I’ve attended a few concerts and music festivals wearing chucks. If you’re looking for a great shoe to simply lift in, chucks are a definite recommendation. I’m excited to have a new footwear option when I hit the gym, and am glad to have found another great reason to sport my chucks.”

 

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New Styles for Kids

 

As a kid, we all hated shopping. Well, maybe some of us. But many of us can remember being dragged to the grocery store or the mall to shop for things we could’ve cared less about. Unless it was the toy store or a Gamestop, this writer wasn’t a fan of the mall. But one thing we did all like to shop for, and still do, are shoes. During our childhood, that meant finding an awesome pair of light up sneakers, themed shoes, or Heely’s if you were the coolest kid on the block. Today those shoes might not be in the now, and the current kid’s market is basically a reflection of the adult sized models. With that in mind, Converse has recently come out with two new kid’s chuck models designed to appeal to both style and youthful creativity.

 

The first of these new models is the Chuck Taylor All-Star Paint Splatter. Coming in both the low and high top models, the All-Star Paint Splatter features the Converse express yourself denim. These new kicks sport an “edgier” look to the classic chuck design. More than that, they give a great worn look to the classic chuck model, and the denim styling is a great touch.

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Inside patch view of a painted denim "express yourself" high top for kids.

 

The second model featured is Chuck Taylor All-Star Loophole. These low top chucks feature a loom tongue pattern and two sets of laces. These allow for a myriad of lace patterns to be weaved to the hearts content. These chucks come in a variety of bright, vibrant colors including Mouse, Ambient and Spray Paint Blue, Plastic Pink, and Powder Purple. Black is also available. These chucks are great for kids who love to wear their shoes just a little differently.

 

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The Purple Powder Loophole low cut comes with white and purple shoelaces.

 

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Getting Out In Your Chucks, Part 2

 

Last week, we talked about some of the best music festivals in the country to hit in a sweet pair of chucks. For this week, there’s plenty of walking involved and maybe a little music, but also a whole lot more travel. Traveling to one of the world’s best walking cities is another way to spending a great time in chucks.

 

Sure, you can travel anywhere in chucks. But if you’re looking to maximize your time spent in you favorite pair of shoes, cut down on transportation costs, and get the most out of a trip, these places should be at the top of your list. Our first choice is the Big Apple, New York City. With its world famous subway system and the bustling island of Manhattan, NYC is a perfect city for anyone looking for a lot to do in an immediate area. From the vast myriad of restaurants and nightlife, to amazing museums and the incredible Central Park, New York is great to spend more than a few days traversing on foot. Another city featuring a great public transportation system is the city of Paris. With some of the most famous museums and attractions in the world, unparalleled restaurants and beautiful architecture, the city of light is a treat to experience on foot. Like New York, it’s highly recommended not to drive in and the metro system is fast and easy to use. Depending on where you stay, there may be dozens of things to do, places to eat and drink at, and other activities all within walking distance.

 

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Take a stroll through New York in your chucks.

 

Other great cities include London, Tokyo, and Rome. Most major cities across the world are great for walking around, yet for some reason American urban gems are much less accessible on foot. San Francisco is tightly built, yet the drastic changes in elevation and weather can make it a hassle. A few block stroll can be turned into a rapid ascent up a few hundred feet of pavement. Los Angeles is well known for its traffic, and that’s because not a lot of people walk. If you’re looking to soak in all of LA, a car is all but mandatory. But wherever you go, now is the time for a stroll in your chucks.

 

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Getting Out In Your Chucks

 

With the weather getting warmer and the sun staying out longer, there are more and more ways to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities while rocking your favorite pair of chucks. For this series, we’ll be presenting some of the best things to do this Spring and Summer while wearing chucks.

 

For the first part of this series, one of the most popular options is to attend your favorite music festival(s). With April approaching, festival season is about to kick off with the legendary Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival. Taking place in the palm dessert of Indio, California, Coachella has it all. From EDM to hip-hop, and indie to classic rock, Coachella is the true proper kickoff to a summer of great festivals. Being that Coachella fashion has become a genre of its own, chucks are a great footwear option for any outfit. Given the lightweight options of low tops, and the great style of high tops, chucks are an excellent choice for any festival.

 

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No matter where you go to hear music, chucks rock!

 

Other popular festival choices include Lollapalooza in Chicago, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), and San Francico’s Outside Lands. Besides the heavy hitters, there are also plenty of smaller festivals that are great as well. One highlight is the Sasquatch Music Festival at the picturesque Gorge Ampitheatre. Located right on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge, The Gorge features one of the most breathtaking views you will find at any concert venue in the world. Seeing as it located deep in Eastern Washington, the festival doesn’t get as much press as some of the big ones, but the lineups are usually stacked with A-List artists. If you’re looking for one of the great natural gems in the US, be sure to lace up your favorite pair of chucks and hit this festival.

 

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