83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2015
DO NOT BUY. I just received these fake converse today. Pretty sad that such a simple classic and relatively inexpensive shoe is being counterfeited. If you have owned a pair of TRUE converse you would know these are not them. They have a tongue loop to hold laces that originals DO NOT have. The bottom of the sole is painted a darker tone as an illusion to that odd fabric texture at the bottom of a pair of fresh Converse. Honestly besides those 2 things and that they're made in Vietnam, these look to be the real thing. However they are not and please do not give them your business. For the nearly the same price you can own the real thing and support the brand that makes these classics.
I included a photo comparing the bottoms. The left is the fake ones and the right are an old pair.
74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2014
the shoes are great. however, this is my story...
I usually a size 7 in womens for all shoes, so I decided to get the b(m)7 for my converse. but I read multiple reviews on the shoes posted by other people on this site, and everybody was saying that they run a half a size larger than expected, so everybody who was, say, size 8 got 7 1/2. reviews > my own thoughts [my first time buying shoes from amazon], so I got a size b(m) 6 1/2.
I got the shoes in a week. even though it was expected in 17-28 business days. I tried them, and a perfect fit! TOO perfect. they fit... but if my foot grows even a thousandth of a centimeter, it'll be too small. even if they fit it me, it might not fit you if you get a smaller size. [I usually keep a tiny bit of foot space. maybe an inch in the front of the shoe so I toes can "breathe" you know what I mean?]
IF YOU DIDN'T READ ANY OF THAT.^
READ THIS LAST SENTENCE.
do not order a half a size smaller. order as your foot size should be. I wish somebody told otherwise, but it was my mistake, and I'll learn from this.
284 of 341 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2011
I know chucks have weird sizing, and so a women's 8 is a men's 6 and so forth, but the size chart given here is idiotic. There are literally about 50 different sizes listed in the item details, with M(D) and all sorts of other inscrutable nomenclature next to each size. Maybe this reseller should take a hint from the converse website which has SIZE/CONVERSE SIZE (women's 8/converse 6) so the customer can have a chance of ordering the right size.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2015
Overall, Chuck’s are a comfortable, ergonomic, and sustainable choice for footwear. I prefer the Hi-tops over the lower style because the longer laces can be finely adjusted to a snug fit without any pinching at the instep. There’s also no chaffing at the back of the heel as can sometimes happen with low sneakers. Compared to cushioned running shoes the canvas keeps my feet cooler and I feel that the flat soles are better for my feet.
The sizing codes are a frequent source of confusion – they refer to the width only. Here’s a quick guide: Narrow width is labeled as AA for women and C for men; Medium width is labeled as B for women and D for men; Wide shoes are labeled C or D for women and E for men; Extra wide is labeled E for women and EE for men. So, the medium with is most common, and they are often listed as B(M) for women and D(M) for men – in both cases the M stands for medium width. If you see UK after the size then it’s using the British width system, where the scale is C, D, E, F, G, H, with F bring the medium. Regarding whether it’s a women’s size or men’s the product info should state women’s or men’s (to avoid confusion with the width designations F or M). You can convert between US women’s and men’s sizes using the size chart link under the size. All of the UK sizes on Amazon are for UK men (same as US men in most cases) use the size chart if you want to see the equivalent size for US women. Still with me?!
You can now recycle your old Chuck’s at many Nike stores. The rubber will end up in tracks and playgrounds and the canvas in courts. Tip: their online store locator doesn’t seem to be accurate in terms of listing stores with drop-off locations. I called a SF store that didn’t have a recycling drop-off according to the website and it turned out that they actually did. So just call your local Nike store!
There’s a lot of evidence now that being closer to barefoot (minimal cushioning and little or no elevation at the heel) is much better for your feet. For example, research shows that when running in highly-cushioned modern running shoes, people are more likely to come down on their heels, and that these heel-strikes can be very high-impact (Lieberman, Nature 2010). Converse (along with Tom’s, Vibram, etc.) fit the bill for a close-to-barefoot shoe experience that will help keep your feet in shape. I once had an injury and was advised to wear arch-supporting insoles (which I wore in my Converse), but after recovery I took out the insoles (and only occasionally wear trainers with cushioned insoles) since the “arch-support” can lead to muscle atrophy and, ironically, loss of arches.
Perhaps it’s sad that Nike bought Converse in 2003 and moved production overseas (Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and other locations) since Nike has a dark past when it comes to conditions in overseas factories. They are clearly working on this since the boycotts and outrage in the 90’s, but the situation is still not perfect. As of 2011, two-thirds of the 168 factories failed to meet Nike’s own standards for contract manufacturing (for example, there were reports of kicking, slapping, verbal abuse, and cruel work environments). I think they are trying to be more transparent about worker conditions since they’ve been under the spotlight more than some of their competitors (like Adidas). However, this clearly needs to change, and quickly.
In terms of materials, the canvas and synthetic rubber composition puts Converse above average in terms of sustainability. There is room for improvement of course. For example, Veja shoes (ranked higher on Rankabrand), have better worker conditions and are more eco-friendly; they’re made using organic canvas and natural rubber that’s sustainably harvested in the Chico Mendes reserve in the Amazon. I plan to try them out; they’re available through an Amazon company called Great Dane. Meanwhile, I love Converse as a product and hope that Nike will sort out their factory conditions situation. Nike (in 2011) claimed that they work working on it but that there was little that they could do to stop it. Let’s get this straight, Nike: You buy the Converse company, shift production oversees where workers are abused and paid barely enough for food and lodging (less than $0.50 per hour), while maintaining the same price for the shoes to the consumer, and yet claim that you can’t do anything about the conditions? They are under contract to you – I’m pretty sure you can do something.
So, overall I’ll give it 5 stars gold stars for quality of the product and 4 “green” stars based on the social-ethical-environmental aspects of producing it. Converse was a great company but under Nike it loses a green star for poor working conditions in overseas factories. To put it into perspective (why do they only lose one star for bad conditions in some factories?), Nike are not as bad as some of the other big shoe companies, judging from available information. It looks like they are being transparent about the situation and their attempts to improve it (training managers, inspecting facilities, and revising subcontracts). Back in 2005 it became the first major apparel company to disclose factory locations and with that came some ugly stories about worker treatment, but perhaps not as ugly as the stories leaking out of more secretive companies like Adidas or Skechers. The materials used to make Chuck’s together with recycling efforts from Nike warrants a 4 star rating, to be revised based on updates on worker conditions.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2008
I bought these specifically for a Doctor Who Halloween costume, and they are perfect; the color in particular is very striking. I also plan to wear them long after Halloween, for time travel, saving the world, and everything in between.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2014
Size Name: 8.5 B(M) USColor Name: Optical WhiteVerified Purchase
originally ordered the wrong size, mens or womens sizes are not clear when ordering
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
Size Name: 8.5 B(M) USColor Name: RedVerified Purchase
Absolutely perfect item here. They were the right size, shape, look, ect. The color was bright and the laces were brand spanking new. Literally my only problem was a factory malfunction that you can't even notice. The label on the inside ankle for the converse star was a little bit smudged, but you can't really tell unless you look at it up close. A great buy and I love them for my Doctor Who costume.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2008
Size Name: 14 D(M) USColor Name: NavyVerified Purchase
I originally bought these to finish off my Tenth Doctor costume, but they're actually really nice shoes. I wear them often and they are quite comfortable. The only complaint I have is that the colored band on the sole has started to come up on one of them... It isn't glued to the shoe very well. But for what I paid for them, I'm willing to let that slide.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2015
Size Name: 5 B(M) US Women / 3 D(M) US MenColor Name: Unbleached WhiteVerified Purchase
I usually wear a 6 in sneakers, 5.5 in sandals and heels so i ordred a 3 men, 5 women. This has worked for me with converse shoes in the past. They run big. I do have narrow feet but the size down does the trick. Men's sizes are two numbers down so if you are a 7 (women), you'd be a 5 in men sizes and i would consider ordering a 4 men in converses. Up to you. The shoes are cute, got the bleached white because it was an amazing deal.