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Converse Cons - Skate Shoe Buyers Guide

Everything you need to know about buying a pair of Converse Cons.

Converse Cons - Skate Shoe Buyers Guide
Posted by Matt Broadley4 min read
Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Converse Cons boasts one of the finest teams in skateboarding. It includes Bobby Dekeyzer, Sage Elsesser, Kenny Anderson, Kevin Rodrigues, Mike Anderson, Aaron Herrington, Zered Bassett, Eli Reed, Brian Delatorre, Al Davis, Milton Martinez, Ben Raemers, Raney Beres, Sean Pablo, Louie Lopez and Jake Johnson. As well as a cast of international riders, such as Remy Taveira, Sylvain Tognelli and co.

They’ve released countless edits, including full-length video Converse Purple, which was made by Ben Chadourne and released in 2018. If for some reason you’ve managed to miss this audiovisual treat we’d thoroughly recommend setting aside 45 minutes of your day to check it out. As well as this full-length Converse has released various web edits in collaboration with publications such as Thrasher Magazine, Free Skate Mag, and Grey Skate Mag, and a European video titled #PleaseCharge.

To back up this stacked team, Converse Cons also have some of the best product on the market, their range of footwear includes something for everyone. Whether you’re into lightweight vulcanized shoes or a harder wearing one, Converse has it covered.

Converse Cons Chuck Taylor - a design classic refactored as a skate shoe. Converse Cons Chuck Taylor - a refactored design classic made to skate.

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a classic of the range. Converse has taken this iconic silhouette and made it skateable. You can find them with both a suede upper and with suede backed canvas upper, depending on your preference of material. The vulcanised rubber sole provides excellent board feel and plenty of grip. Comfort and support are provided by the Nike Lunarlon drop-in sock liner.

As with the original version of the Chuck Taylor All Star, the skate version is available as both a high top and a low top. This shoe is favoured by many of the Converse team, including Sean Pablo and Milton Martinez.

Converse Cons One Star

Another staple of the Converse collection is the Converse One Star. It features a premium suede upper which is nice and resilient, as well as offering excellent grip and stability. There’s an embossed logo on the tongue and the One Star logo sits on the side wall. Ventilation is provided by air vents also on the shoes’ side wall. Unlike the CTAS the One Star features a Nike Zoom Air drop-in sock liner. A vulcanised rubber sole gives plenty of grip, comfort and board feel.

The One Star was at one point available as a mid-top, but this version of the shoe no longer seems to feature. There are, however, plenty of colourways to choose from with this model, ranging basic colours such as black and white, to brighter colours such as rhubarb.

The One Star Converse silhouette is also available as a slip-on shoe, you’ll regularly see Aaron Herrington rocking this model. These Converse Slip Ons feature a premium Converse suede upper, with a One Star logo on the heel of the shoe. The sole is once again made up of the Converse vulcanised rubber that’s always so reliable. A Nike Zoom Air drop-in sock liner gives you plenty of comfort and support. You can pick up the One Star CC Slip Ons in a variety of colours, from basic black and white, to green and more besides.

Converse Cons Jack Purcell Pro. Converse Cons take the classic Jack Purcell silhouette and make a pro skate shoe worthy of your time and money.

A further example of Converse taking a classic sneaker and making it skateable can be found in their Jack Purcell Signature shoe. The Converse Jack Purcell was initially designed back in 1930 by badminton player, Jack Purcell, and now is embraced as a staple of the Converse skate range. The shoe features a suede upper, giving it durability, as well as the ‘smile’ stripe on the rubber toe cap, and a grippy rubber outsole. Inside you will find Nike Zoom Air insoles, the same that feature in the One Star mentioned above. The shoe has been part of numerous Converse collaborations, most notably with Polar Skate Co.

Converse recently added a new silhouette to their range in the form of the Louie Lopez Pro. This shoe has a vulcanised sole, and a rubber backed suede upper. The shoe makes use of the Nike Zoom Air heel unit and has an OrthoLite sock liner. The shoe has a low profile and clean aesthetic that seems sure to make it a very popular addition to the Converse range indeed.

The final mainstay of the Converse collection is the ever popular Breakway Pro, favoured by the likes of Zered Bassett. It is made up of rubber backed suede on the shoes upper, giving you better durability and protection. Nike Zoom Air provides the support for your feet, and the durable gum rubber sole ensures traction when on the board. The shoe features an embossed logo on its tongue, as well as Converse One Star branding on the side wall of the shoe.

It's no wonder that Converse is able to produce such high-quality product when you take a little look into the company’s history. They’ve been in business since 1908, when they started out in Malden, Massachusetts, initially manufacturing seasonal rubber-soled shoes for men, women and children. They began manufacturing athletic shoes a few years later in 1915. It was 1917, however, that was the real big year for the company with the introduction of the Converse All Star basketball shoe.

This shoe is what we know today as the Chuck Taylor All Star. So-called because of a basketball player named Charles H. ‘Chuck’ Taylor who approached Converse in 1923, complaining of having sore feet from their shoes. Converse gave him a job as an ambassador and salesman promoting the shoes, with his signature being added to the All-Star patch in 1932, where it remains to this day.

The brand has been worn by skateboarders throughout its history, you can watch Guy Mariano skating a pair of One Stars in Girl’s 1996 video, Mouse. In 2009 Converse launched its skateboarding program under the name CONS. The team at the time of this launch consisted of Rune Glifberg, Kenny Anderson, Anthony Pappalardo, Nick Trapasso, Sammy Baca, Ethan Fowler and Raymond Molinar.

Pablo in the Converse Cons slip-on.
Louis Lopez in his signature skate shoe. His first pro shoe for Converse Cons. Well deserved!

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