Do I want a pair of Converse?

(37 Posts)
Imwoodword Mon 09-Sep-13 14:53:35

Are they any good? I have bought new knee high and ankle boots for the winter, both have slight heels so thinking I need something flat, and my feet get too cold for ballet pumps in the winter.

Are they are good for when its raining or will my feet get wet? Comfy? I'm imaging wearing them with skinnies rather than dresses or skirts.

Have my eye on a pair of Hi burgundy ones, trying to steer away from black for a change!

Thurlow Mon 09-Sep-13 14:57:29

I love my Converse. They look good with skinny jeans, both the normal sneakers and the hi-tops.

Remember if you're a size 5 or less you can buy kids ones grin

BikeRunSki Mon 09-Sep-13 14:58:57

The canvas ones are not great in the rain, but yiu can get leather ones.

BuggedByJake Mon 09-Sep-13 14:59:20

I have leather ones for winter. I wouldn't say converse are warm though.

SunshineMMum Mon 09-Sep-13 15:00:53

Bought my first pair this summer and I lived and died in them!

Wuxiapian Mon 09-Sep-13 15:01:23

Converse won't keep your feet dry and the bottoms wear very badly.

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 15:11:26

I live in canvas pumps all the time in the spring and autumn. This year I "treated" myself to some Converse. My god they were the most uncomfortable things I've ever owned. The canvas is so hard and stiff, maybe it will soften with wear, but it hasn't yet.

My old ones, which were actually Boden boys ones (and now 3yo and tatty) were so much better.

Yes your feet will get wet, I wouldn't wear them in place of winter boots. Really not much warmer than going out in your socks, the wind whistles right through!

PoppyAmex Mon 09-Sep-13 15:24:51

I have some hi-tops with zippers on the side (pregnant so getting in and out of them is super easy) and I love them.

I have a pair in black suede with fleecy lining which I LOVE. They are brilliant and were comfy from day 1. I added sheepskin insoles.

But then this year I bought a pair of normal unlined suede ones and found them v uncomfortable, so much so I wore them twice and couldn't face breaking them in so put them aside to sell still haven't got round to it though

Onlyconnect Mon 09-Sep-13 15:53:02

I have Converse which I love but IMO they are not for winter: not good in wet and not warm.

evertonmint Mon 09-Sep-13 16:22:32

I love mine - staple spring and autumn footwear on all but the wettest days, and unlike others on here I find them super-comfy. There are very few shoes I can wear without getting sore feet or blisters, but these are great. I don't wear them much in the winter though as I prefer my fur lined winter boots then smile

MissBartlett Mon 09-Sep-13 16:31:43

I love my converse and have leather ones to which I add a thermal insole for winter!! Feet are warm and dry. I do spray them regularly with that leather protector stuff though (get it in clarks, along with the insoles).

I love mine and wear them lots in the spring and autumn, but they arent warm enough to wear when it gets cold.

Kezztrel Mon 09-Sep-13 16:38:13

Burgundy hitops sound lovely! The canvas ones won't keep your feet dry though. I wear mine mostly in spring and summer. I've had several pairs and they've always been comfy from the first wear, never had any problems with them wearing out quickly. People with narrower feet seem to get on better with them I think, as they are quite slim fitting.

FoxMulder Mon 09-Sep-13 16:39:22

Very cold in winter - they have such thin soles it's like walking straight on the concrete. And they're very narrow. And give me blisters on the tops of my toes. Other than that, I love them! smile

cocolepew Mon 09-Sep-13 16:41:46

I have leather hi tops for the wet weather. I love Converse but I do need an insole in them because they are so flat.

queenofdrama Mon 09-Sep-13 16:42:55

I don't wear labels. I would begrudge spending £40+ for a pair of what are essentially tennis shoes & the same quality as other less expensive ones that look very similar. I don't want to appear pretentious.

Quenelle Mon 09-Sep-13 16:44:24

The soles have almost no grip so not good in wet weather. Otherwise, they are a good cold weather substitute for ballet pumps.

BeeBawBabbity Mon 09-Sep-13 17:44:18

I also found them really uncomfortable. I still feel like I'm breaking mine in and I've worn them loads (I do have fat feet). They are easily the least comfy trainer I've ever worn. They're also slippy in the rain.

They look great though!

Yes! I bought my first pair earlier this year and absolutely love them. They are very comfortable and are leather, so fine in light rain. I wouldn't trust them in an absolute downpour and they are not warm, so fine for Autumn but not for really cold days in Winter.

I don't like hi-top ones personally though, as I think they look a bit teenage.

These are the ones I have, or near enough (mine are black). They are really warm and tough, did me the winter and have just started wearing them again this week. Add sheepskin innersoles as I did and your feet are in heaven. The fleecy lining prevents the rubbing-on-toes problem.

Yonihadtoask Mon 09-Sep-13 18:13:47

I don't get on with converse - I prefer Supergas - I think Supergas are wider fitting.

However the canvas ones won't keep out the wet.

Both brands do leather versions though - I am eyeing up some of the leather Supergas as a casual autumn/winter shoe.

BoysWillGrow Mon 09-Sep-13 18:15:04

i think they're really comfy, but i live in flat shoes anyway, mine were brought in 2005 and still going strong. Go on get 'em there will be dry days in winter too remember grin

Passthecake30 Mon 09-Sep-13 18:34:39

I can't wear mine as soon as it gets cold....feels like I'm walking om ice-brrrrrr! Though I have seen others wearing so maybe I just suffer with chillier feet than them

CointreauVersial Mon 09-Sep-13 18:41:48

Narrow, uncomfortable and very little arch support.

Supergas better.

Bunbaker Mon 09-Sep-13 18:57:08

I have a pair of Converse lookalikes. They cost me £10 and do the job perfectly well. As we ended up having a warm summer I didn't wear them much so they are in very good condition. I will wear them more now, but as they have thin soles, as do Converse, they won't get worn when it is properly cold.

Eastpoint Mon 09-Sep-13 18:58:52

I have the Ugg version. Very comfortable with some sheepskin & hard wearing (though they should be at that price).

christinarossetti Mon 09-Sep-13 19:02:56

I love the way my Converse trainers look but the thin soles aren't that comfortable.

Wouldn't recommend them as a winter shoe at all.

cazakstan Mon 09-Sep-13 19:30:35

I'm almost 51 and have been wearing converse for more than 10 years...LOVE them...I probably have around 15 pairs at the moment. They can be a bit stiff at first...I always wear socks with mine. I do wear them in the winter on dry days...When they get more than a bit dirty I pop them in the washing machine.

cocolepew Mon 09-Sep-13 19:34:33

I wore a pair of Converse One Star all last winter, they are a bit more substanial. I have a beige suede pair of hi tops with the furry lining in them too. I can't tell you if they are warm or not because DD nicked them hmm She never complained of cold feet last winter though grin.

Imwoodword Mon 09-Sep-13 20:45:03

Thanks for all the responses.

A real mixed bag then! Have never heard of Supergas, shall have a Google. Can cope wearing them just on dry days. Prefer the idea of a high style just for a bit of extra wind protection IYSWIM?

Eastpoint haven't seem UGG type ones shall have a search for them too.

LOVE those Bitchy they look fab. Would you advise sizing up? Especially with insoles?

Fairylea Mon 09-Sep-13 20:48:42

I love converse but definitely not a winter shoe! The canvas ones also have little holes punched out in the inside of the foot... wind whistles round!

SELondonSwede Tue 10-Sep-13 09:21:09

I have tried converse so many times but just cant get on with them. For a casual shoe I wear Superga now, they fit my feet so much better. My ds has them too, love that we match;) silly I know - but it warms my heart.

BlueStones Tue 10-Sep-13 12:57:57

I don't find Converse to be very good quality; they don't last longer than supermarket-brand pumps in my experience. I think you pay for the cool factor, not the quality.

BikeRunSki Tue 10-Sep-13 13:57:57

I am very surprised at all the negative comments about converse shoes. I have big (8) wide feet and have been wearing then since I was 13, nearly 30 years ago! I have had at least one pair on the go ever since, and they have never been too tight or at all uncomfortable and I have never had quality issues. I buy men' s sizes, I wonder if that makes a difference ? I wear them with wool socks in the cold, but wouldn' t deliberaty wear them in the rain.

Notfootball Tue 10-Sep-13 17:07:18

I stick my Converse in the washing machine too. Maybe I have narrow feet as I find them very comfortable. I never pay full price, bought some super cheap ones in Hong Kong and now only buy them when I see them in TK Maxx at £25 for hi tops. Always have about 3 pairs on the go.

Imwoodword Tue 10-Sep-13 20:49:15

Found a discount code for Office so have ordered a pair of Hi tops with shearling, will see how I get on with them.

Thanks all for your input! thanks

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