My Converse love-hate story goes way back. Years have gone by and as refined my (fashion) taste, I started to appreciate rare, special items. It was 2008, I think, when I bought my first special edition Converse sneakers!
A gorgeous shade of pink, more eyelets than the usual All-Star model, a handful of $ (what, special editions tend to cost more), I was the proud owner and wearer of a beautiful pair of Converse All Star Double details Ox Raspberry/White: double midsole stripes, double eyelets, double the enchantment! Two weeks later they started to fall apart. And so did my love for Converse.
They had all the signs of an authentic Converse sneaker – all the stars, all the branded R where they were supposed to be, all the fabric and the stitches and the vulcanized outsoles were perfectly executed, inside and outside this was an authentic merchandise, bought from a sales representative. Hurray! Then why the falling apart? How was I to trust a shoe, as overhyped as any Converse shoe is, if it starts falling apart on both sides in just two weeks?
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Mind you, I wasn’t even putting in extra mileage into the shoes – I was really careful about my wear-and-tear experience, especially since my routine only involved driving to the preschool and to the park on baby stroller-duty, 2 hours/day!
Now that my descent from Converse Cloud 9 had begun, I started feeling highly uncomfortable in my walks and as the shoes fell apart even more, the love I had for the classic canvas Converse sneakers was slowly and steadily replaced by indifference and then contempt.
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At such point that I completely refused to know/write/publish/wear anything Converse related. I was hurt. I was cheated by a brand I loved and praised. 7 years later, my Adored Husband decided it was time I gave the canvas sneakers another try and he surprised me with a pair of flowery Dunlop sneakers. With the money we paid on the special edition Converse 7 years ago, we could now buy 5 pairs of Dunlop canvas sneakers (on sale, mind you)!
I have yet to report on the wear-and-tear experience as I’m only wearing them for 2 days but I feel confident. If Dunlop doesn’t know rubber and vulcanizing, then who does, right?
Do share your experience with Converse sneakers, or Converse-like sneakers (Vans etc). Should my confidence in canvas sneakers be restored by the pretty Dunlop reps, I’m considering Superga next – anyone tried, tested (and is willing to share the experience)?