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White Converse Shoes
What’s the difference between ‘High-Tops’ and ‘Low-Tops’?
When you think of Converse, you probably think of their “All Stars” brand. These are the 20th century basketball shoe turned retro staple. They feature a canvas construction, the star badge on the side, and a high-top upper. For many years these were the shoes that Converse built its empire on. Today, things have changed. The All Stars and subsequent Chuck Taylors are just a small part of the Converse line-up.
One of the simple iterations that came from the high-top All Star/Chuck Taylor is the low-top. Fashioned after a typical loafer, these shoes leave behind the tall canvas upper, for an upper that hugs the heel. Variations of the low-top feature the narrow Chuck Taylor staple, to be a callback to the original All Stars. However, there are styles that closely resemble modern skater shoes, with a slightly raised tongue and throat line.
Here’s a better look at the styles available from converse:
Classic design with an array of colors
Classic design with an array of colors
Styled after more modern shoes
Styled after modern basketball shoes
If you’re looking to make a statement, consider the more classic designs. If you’re looking to make a loud statement, consider one of the printed All Stars with “converse” written all over. The classic style is still a hit and shouldn’t be passed up if you’re looking to do something retro.
A more modern shoe is the mid style. These are very similar to casual shoe styles, and are reminiscent of skate shoes. They still feature the classic Chuck Taylor sole and outsole.
For a modern and sporty look, the ultra-mid shoes feature a tall upper that’s angled towards the heel. The high back helps with ankle support, and feature high-contrast colors. While far sportier than their classic counterparts, these shoes feature a revision of the sole and outsole.
How to Style Your White Converse
White converses are something unique and special. Sure, you can sport a classic black and white, or even on of the many colors on offer. But white makes a statement. Their presence is stark and startling. They’re compatible with almost every outfit imaginable (sans business professional and formal), and they just look so good.
For men, you have a dizzying number of options when it comes to white variants. Women have a decent selection as well, but you won’t find ultra-mid designs in women’s stylings. Don’t let the distinction deter you, because both lines have some must have shoes.
Styling your Converse is extremely important, so it’s best to do it right. While other colors do very well with casual outfits, the white variants have a few more possibilities. Yes, they’ll pair well with your straight forward casual styles, but they can do far more. Build out your casual outfit as you would, and toss on a blazer (if you’re wearing jeans, chinos, or really any pants).
For business casual settings, a more muted pallet with a navy jacket or blazer will make your white Converse pop. The key to using your shoes well is to allow them to stand out. This means avoiding overly bright colors (except for your jeans). Following the rules of contrast, muted, darker, or neutral colors will allow all attention to hit your shoes first, and should help you look cool and stylish. To be clear, these styling tips are just for your plain white low/mid/high top Converse.
Each line has variants with different graphic stylings to consider as well. For men, you have a choice of white and accent colored “ultra-mid,” and some patterned pairs. Women have a series of very cool high tops with rainbow color accents and even a pair with lightning bolts.
When it comes down to it, there’s really no way to go wrong with white Converse. Between the classic stylings that work the range of your outfits, and the patterned modern designs for your casual outings, Kohl’s has you set.