They are one of the world’s most iconic sneaker brands. Famous for their vintage court shoe design, people have been styling them for nearly a hundred years. Here’s how to wear Converse.
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- 1 How to Wear Chuck Taylor’s
- 2 All White Converse
- 3 Black Converse
- 4 Converse with Shorts
- 5 Celebrities Wearing Converse
- 6 How to Tie Converse: Ways to Lace Converse
- 7 Converse Without Laces
- 8 How to Clean Converse
- 9 How to Wear Converse
- 10 On That Note
How to Wear Chuck Taylor’s
As one of the most prolific trainer brands around, we all have our own memories and experiences with Converse. Whether it was tearing them to shreds in a skate park, or keeping them pristine for your night out, this versatile brand has always been with us.
Whether you’re going for a smart casual style or a scruffy grunge vibe, Converse shoes will work. Over there near hundred year history, the company has barely changed the design of their shoes, and why would you? You can’t improve on perfection, but you can wear it. Here’s how.
Black and White High Top Converse
If you’re looking for a pair of versatile sneakers that will go with lots of outfits then these are the shoes for you. The rich history of Converse is epitomised in this classic high-top shoe. The black and white trim has been a staple of the Converse brand for years and is what makes them so great.
Outfits with Black and White High Top Converse
Black and white Converse are a great shoe to team with a plethora of looks. Whether you’re wearing them to the office or keeping it casual with a more toned down look, a pair of black and white Converse will work with you no matter what the occasion.
We’ve gone for a more street inspired look with these trainers by teaming them with a pair of black wide fit trousers with the cuffs turned up. Team a printed or plain T-shirt in black with them and throw over a black coat of your choice to keep the warmth in.
White High Top Converse
If you’re after a slick white pair of shoes to carry you through the year, then some white high top Converse are for you. You can muddy them up or keep them neat, either are great to complete your final look. They’re also adaptable into any outfit thanks to their versatile shade.
Outfits with White High Top Converse
If you’re looking for a more summery or casual outfit, then a pair of white high tops are a great choice. Due to their bright colour, wearing these shoes during winter can be a risky task. But that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a go year round.
Surprisingly, a pair of white Converse can look quite smart, so don’t be afraid of teaming them with a smart casual look this season. Going for a monochromatic look, you can team your white Converse with a pair of black or even dark grey trousers. Turn up the bottoms of them to really show off your Converse and pair this look with a plain white T-shirt.
This look will see you from the office to a night out afterwards no bother. Accessorising shouldn’t be overlooked either; take a simple beanie or plain black watch to heighten your look just that little bit more.
All White Converse
White Low Top Converse
If you’re looking for a casual summer sneaker, then a pair of all white Converse are the ones for you. Not only does the classic look go with everything, they are also light and breathable enough to stop your feet from getting hot. Pair them with some shorts for a nice understated outfit.
Outfits with White Converse
White trainers are best when you wear them in a more casual and bright outfit. This makes them perfect for any spring or summer looks that you might have planned. Combining some low-top white Converse with a pair of blue jeans is a great way to create a fresh and balanced style. The white from you shoes contrasts with the dark blue of your jeans and creates harmony.
Next, find yourself a loose fitting black sweatshirt. A pullover is perfect for layering your outfit as it is easy to wear and keeps you warm when you need it. Finally, add a casual brown jacket over the top to add some more colour to your style. Whether you’re wandering around the shops in town or down the pub with some mates, this outfit will see you through your everyday routine.
Black Low Top Converse
The versatile nature of this shoe is what makes them so great. If you’re looking for some casual trainers to wear through the winter season then you can’t go wrong with a pair of all black Converse. Although you should probably avoid walking through any wet or snowy conditions, if you just need a pair of dark and stylish shoes, look no further.
Outfits with Black Converse
When wearing all black Converse, a more wintery, monochrome outfit, can be the best option. You have to be careful when wearing an all black look to not appear too formal or you’ll end up looking like you’re going to a funeral. Instead, keep things casual with some skinny jeans and your Converse trainers.
Skinny jeans work perfectly with these trainers as the cuff manages to sit nicely on top without flaring too much. Next, if it’s cold outside you should add a black parka jacket to keep warm. Not only will this create a sense of uniformity with the bottom half of your outfit, it’s also an extremely stylish way to keep warm during the colder months. If you want to you can add some colour underneath your coat, but keep it simple, such as a white T-shirt.
If you want to accessorise then get yourself a scarf or beanie hat. These are a perfect opportunity to bring some extra detail to a look that is otherwise rather dark and monochrome.
Converse with Shorts
Although you may not associate wearing high-top shoes with shorts, if you wear it correctly, it can actually be an extremely adventurous look to take on. Although you can easily wear low-top Converse with shorts for the safer option, experimenting with high-tops is much more exciting.
The key with this daring look is to keep things casual and simple. As soon as you begin to add too many crazy colours or patterns your outfit will become too cluttered and loud. Try wearing some all black high-tops with a pair of stone washed denim shorts. The contrast between the light and dark will create a nice balance within you look. To keep it casual add a plain black T-shirt, which will also link nicely with the colour of your footwear.
Finally, spruce it up a bit with a red and black checkered shirt and a selection of accessories. Adding a good pair of sunnies and a hat are a perfect way to draw attention away from your Converse and add some extra detail to a great casual look.
Celebrities Wearing Converse
From smart casual, to hip hop and grunge, Converse are adaptable to any style. In testament to the popularity of Converse, many stylish celebrities wear them on a regular basis. Here are a few iconic Converse looks.
Wiz Khalifa manages to create the ultimate contemporary rock look. By combining an old school leather biker jacket with a grungy black hoodie and jeans he calls upon a rich history of rock style. However, he brings it into the present with his black and white Converse and accessories. To add some extra detail he also teams his look with a print T-shirt.
Chris Pine manages to do the opposite and create a very clean and smart look with his Converse. By pairing a casual grey oxford shirt with a pair of navy jeans he gets an effortless smart casual look. The white Converse is a perfect bit of detail to finish this relaxed outfit.
Who better to model your Converse on then the God of grunge himself, Kurt Cobain. If you look past the drug abuse then you realise this guy actually had an extremely cool style. The grunge style is all about looking like you’ve put no effort into your outfit, even if you actually have. Cobain masters this look with a classic striped T-shirt with a pair of distressed denim jeans.
How to Tie Converse: Ways to Lace Converse
There are several ways to tie your Converse. They’ll originally come in the bow form, but if you’ve washed your laces then you’ll need to know what to do.
Although, if you’re after a different style, why not opt for bar laces, which are far more comfortable and easier to manoeuvre.
Converse Without Laces
Although you have to be careful when attempting it, wearing your Converse without any laces can be a great way to make your shoes more casual and easier to wear. As long as they’re not slipping off your feet, this can be a great way to wear your trainers when you’re styling a casual look.
A pair of jogger shorts is arguably one of the most casual pieces of clothing a man can wear. With the rise in popularity for sportswear clothing, they are also extremely stylish. Try combining them with a black patterned T-shirt for a bit of casual detail.
How to Clean Converse
The biggest problem you’re likely to encounter when wearing Converse, especially if they’re white, is getting them dirty. Most of these shoes come in a canvas material, which can be extremely tricky to clean properly. You should never put shoes in the washing machine, which makes the question of how to clean them even more confusing. Fortunately, there is a way to keep your shoes squeaky clean, even if you’ve just walked through a swamp.
- Bowl of warm water
- Laundry detergent
- Scrubbing brush
- Clean cloth
Once you have mixed the laundry powder into the bowl of water, use the scrubbing brush to remove as much dirt as possible from the shoe. Use a clean cloth to wipe any excess soap from the trainer. If the shoes are white and there are any stubborn stains, use a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove them. Check out this helpful video below if you’re still struggling.
How to Wear Converse
- Get a smart casual look with classic black and white Converse.
- For a more summery outfit try wearing white trainers.
- Wear shorts and high-top sneakers, it’s a bold and brave style.
- Clean and maintain your shoes. Canvas can be tricky to keep clean, so be careful.
On That Note
Converse has stood the test of time and is undoubtedly one of the most stylish and iconic trainers that a man can own. No one’s wardrobe is complete without a pair of these versatile shoes. Whether you’re trying to get the ultimate smart casual look, or just need some comfy footwear to get around in, Converse will have your back. Play around with different outfits and see what works for you.