The Converse Rubber Shoe Co. was opened in 1908 by a man named Marquis M. Converse. In the century since then, Converse shoes have become an American icon. The famous Chuck Taylor All-Stars were a staple of the basketball court for decades, and the company even manufactured boots for the Air Force in World War II. Today, the colorful and distinctive Converse look has been co-opted by men, women and children.

Converse Varieties

If your current pair of Converse isn’t working with an outfit, don’t worry, because Converse continues to produce endless riffs on its classic model. Converse shoes are available in nearly every color imaginable, and patterned Converse are released seasonally. The shoes have been manufactured in dozens of patterns like argyle, camouflage, checkerboard, leopard, plaid and paisley. They are available in the classic high-top as well as extra-high and ankle versions.

Basic Wear

The classic Converse look involves no more than a worn T-shirt, a pair of jeans, and your favorite Converse sneakers. Wearing Converse like this is a good opportunity to wear a bright or unconventional Converse shoe without making too much of a statement: green or orange can look just as good as the basic black, white, and khaki colors. Skinny jeans can be tucked into your high-tops for an edgier update of this look.

Looks to Try

As a peek into any American high school will show you, Converse can be easily paired with skirts. The combination of denim miniskirts with colorful Converse has become common: this look is eye-catching but also comfortable and casual. You could also try Converse with a longer and more flowy skirt, as pictured below. And although this look is safer for younger Converse fans, the classic high-tops can easily be paired with shorts or leggings.

Unconventional Cool

As many new career fields with relaxed dress codes emerge, Converse are becoming more and more common at the office. For men, the shoes work well with jeans, an oxford, and a tie; some wear Converse with suits, as pictured below. Some women have even worn Converse to their weddings, hidden (or not) underneath a long ballgown.

References and Resources

Converse: History