In 1912, Chuck Taylor signed on to endorse athletic shoes manufactured at Marquis Converse's eponymous rubber factory. Converse not only pioneered athlete endorsements, but distributed directly to retailers. Direct supply chains were revolutionary in the distributor-dependent network of the early 20th century. In the 21st century, fashion designers and celebrities lent their names to their self-created Converse patterns. Express your own creativity by wearing your Converse sneakers and high-tops in an unconventional way.
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Sneakers and Dresses
Choose patterned Converse tennis shoes instead of bright-hued driving loafers or gladiator sandals for a casual summer party. Update the 1990s trend of floral babydoll-style dresses under bomber jackets with Converse shoes. Pair a bomber jacket or belted blazer with a coordinating pair of brown or black high-tops to contrast with the frills of a white summer dress.
Heavy steel-toed utility and motorcycle boots worn as street fashion make a hike around town a calf-cramping experience. Exchange them for a pair of high-top Converse sneakers. The shoe provides the high lace-up feature of the boots without the bulk. Create an uninterrupted visual line from belt to heel. Choose dark shoes, as close to your pant colour as possible, with no contrasting trim.
No one sees the bride's feet under a voluminous gown. Wear traditional sandals or pumps for the ceremony and formal photos. Dance the night away in white or metallic Converse All-Stars. Alternately, express your personality throughout the evening with a pair of sneakers coordinated with the colours chosen for the linens and attendant dresses.
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