Converse High Tops: How to Nail Lace Up Style

will never die, so you might as well master them

by Salvatore Marashi

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No matter how polished your
nine-to-five look is, every man needs a good pair of sneakers. Sneakers say, “I
move,” “I know how to take it easy,” “I get dirty sometimes.” And Converse High
Tops, whether worn at the skate park or with a casual suit, are a staple that
can transcend boundaries.
That’s why Converse has been
around for over a century, riding strong on the pulse of style trends
everywhere and even re-entering the NBA scene.
Converse High Tops


Converse High Tops and Jeans

Converse high tops and jeans
are a no-brainer. This classic pairing is the ultimate on-the-go look. You
could be hitting a day party or hopping fences to escape a pack of feral
wolves; your High Tops will get you there. If you’re not already utilizing this
casual trendy look, do it.

Pair classic all-white high
tops with some blue selvedged jeans.

Converse High Tops and Chinos

Lace up some High Tops if
you’re trying to nail “smart-casual.” Imagine a clean pair of straight fit
Chinos topped off with edgy Converse; it’s a nice kick, no? Though make sure
not to lose the crucial silhouette with a pair of ill-fitting Chinos. Golden
rule: tailoring is your friend.

converse high tops and shorts
You’d think your gut reaction
to High Tops and shorts would be total revulsion. Normally pairing shorts with
high-ankle shoes is a straight “nope.” However, this is look defies the laws of
convention. It’s standout. I won’t try to explain it, I don’t know why either.
High Tops and shorts just work surprisingly well.
a Suit

Converse High Tops and Suits

The minimalist shoe plus suit
trend is on full-blast, and a pair of Chucks is instrumental to this high
contrast look. For a refreshing, cool aesthetic, try cream colored High Tops
with a blue or olive suit. You’ll want to match your shoes with a t-shirt under
the jacket. Skip the tie and button-down, they’re no good here.
High Top Colors

converse high tops colors
When it comes to the Converse
color spectrum, you’ve got more than a rainbow. You have a Black Card. There
are no limits to color and print versatility, so you best have some fun with
it. Classic white and black are excellent staples. Other solid colors like
green or pink add a pop of unpredictability.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
with this look. High Tops excel when you’re bold with them, and touches like
floral or avian print make them shine.
What makes an “All Star”? It’s
evident that Converse has the formula. Whether you’re embarking on a cheeky
print and color combo, or conquering a classic, the right pair of High Tops
will make you will look unstoppable.
Quick History of Converse High Tops

Original Chuck Taylors Converse High Tops
Before sneakers, all shoes
made noisy clacks when hitting the floor. The Converse Rubber Shoe Company
started in 1908 and had initially specialized in galoshes (waterproof shoes).
Not long after, rubber-soled sneakers were invented, and thus came the world’s
first swift, silent shoe. At the time these shoes were seen as training footwear
for athletes only. But in 1920, Converse renamed their canvas basketball shoes
the “All-Star,” and they received a hallmark endorsement by basketball player
Charles “Chuck” Taylor. This took Converse into a whole new playing field, off
the court.
Timelessly worn by athletes
and counter-culture icons, the Converse High Top is an indispensable asset in
the men’s footwear game.
How do you wear your Converse?
Let us know below

Salvatore Marashi
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.