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When it comes to shoes, you fall into one of two camps: either you are the person who carefully cleans your new shoes and puts them back into their designated box after each use or you are the person who can’t wait to break them in and crave that ‘battered chic’ look.
If you’re the latter, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Converse have taken your sense of style seriously and come up with a solution that gives you both new-shoe comfort and old-show cool points.
The Chuck Taylor All Star Basic Wash may just look like a well-loved version of the classic converse style, but they are in fact made to look that way.
Many Converse lovers will agree that the classic shoe is one of the few styles of footwear out there that gain cool points the more battered they appear to be.
A dirty wash treatment gives these classic Chucks a vintage look, straight out of the box, and means you can skip the pesky break-in phase.
Buy them: Chuck Taylor All Star Basic Wash | £70 from Converse
Available in grey or navy, the shoes have a muddy wash over the rim and the canvas material, making them look like you’ve been wearing them for years, rather than taking them straight out of the box.
Even the laces are covered in grey marks for that authentic feel.
And the shoes have already caused quite a stir on Twitter. When user Micha Frazer-Carroll tweeted a photo of the shoes, she received a mixture of responses.
look at these converse that are designed to look dirty and cost £70 pic.twitter.com/7ewejQjr1w
— Micha Frazer-Carroll (@Micha_Frazer) July 18, 2020
One person commented: "Basic wash? This is no wash? Absolute absence of wash."
While another added: "Could get them for a [fiver] in charity shops looking better than that.."
But others spoke out in support of the intentionally dirty shoe. “Converse look better a little dirty,” tweeted user, William Scott.
If you’re firmly in the ‘new shoes should look new’ camp, then we suggest sticking to the Chuck Taylor All Star Classics - they’re also £18 cheaper.