Converse Skate Shoes

Skateboarding shot into the mainstream consciousness during the 90s when it became part of televised extreme games. Coming up alongside the skateboard in popularity are the shoes that defined this lifestyle. Brands like Converse skate shoes became skateboarding icons in the 90s.

Now, Converse skate shoes are making a comeback with a remake of its classic skate shoe, the One Star. This pair of Converse skate shoes still features the retro "one star" logo and suede skin, but is now made with modern materials and modern construction technology.

What Are Converse Skate Shoes?

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Converse skate shoes are a shoe line geared towards skateboarding from the Converse brand. Skateboarding as a sport requires footwear with grippy rubber soles and a snug fit. Not to mention looks that exude swagger! Our featured Converse skate shoe is the classic Converse One Star. First released in the 1970s, it became widespread in the 90s when it became linked with grunge music (i.e. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain) and the emerging skateboard subculture. The 1996 skater movie "Mouse" by Spike Jonze cemented these kicks' status as skating world's holy grail. In 2017, Converse brought back the One Star with a barrage of marketing campaigns highlighting the shoe's golden past while introducing it to a new generation of skateboarders. The One Star line features sub-brands like the "Vintage", "Premium Low", and even "Hello Kitty" edition.

COMPARISON TABLE

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Product Specs

Converse Shoes

The new One Star is a modern classic, so to speak. This pair of Converse skater shoes retains the classic elements that made the shoes an icon—One star logo, suede skin, and, a vulcanized rubber sole.

One Star Logo

Suede Skin

Vulcanized Rubber Soles

Pricing

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Converse One Star is a premium shoe with a friendly price. A pair can cost around $65 to $70, while limited edition collections can fetch from $ to $$. A pair of Converse skate shoes can be bought from various online retailers and clothing and apparel stores.

How It Compares

Whether you're a pro thrasher, a skateboard enthusiast, or a street fash​​​​ionista, you have your brand preferences. There is Converse One Star on one end, and then there are the other skating brands on the other. For this article, we are comparing the vintage Converse One Pro with the following skate shoes:

  • Vans Skate Shoes
  • DC Skate Shoes
  • Huf Skate Shoes

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We already talked about the design features of our featured shoe, the Converse One Star. Now, let's look at the specific criteria we considered when we took these sweet pairs out for a few days of kicks and tricks.

  • Price
  • COMFORT
  • SKATEBOARDING RATING
  • Design QUALITY

5.0 of 5 stars

The all-suede skin feels premium even after weeks of use. Interestingly, the shoe becomes more stylish the more worn-out it gets.

The suede is a perfect complement to the stitched-on star logo and rubber soles. One Star established how a skate shoe should look , so it is also fitting that these Converse skate shoes earn a perfect score for design.

Pros

  • Classic design
  • Premium material
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent cushioning
  • Top-notch board-feel
  • Great grip

Cons

  • Poor breathability
  • Can be hot
  • Shape may not be ideal for people with wide feet

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Vans is another legendary brand among skaters. For this comparison to Converse skate shoes, we will feature Vans Old Skool, its signature model. Old Skool features the iconic "jazz wave", the curly side stripe trademark of Vans. It debuted in 1977 as Vans #36, the first model to incorporate leather panels for better support and durability. The Old Skool was released as a shoe for active people but it gained a cult following among skateboarders, especially with legends like Tony Alva, who would hang around Vans stores.

The legendary thrashers were attracted by the shoes' vulcanized rubber soles featuring the equally iconic diamond pattern, or endearingly called "waffle pattern. Old Skool features a semi-hi cut canvas skin with a stitch design around the toe box, while the sole is a flat solid piece of rubber. More recent models have "toe bumpers": a layer of textured rubber at the toe area.

  • Price
  • COMFORT
  • SKATEBOARDING RATING
  • Design QUALITY

Vans Old Skool fetches an average price of $60 to $. As expected, limited edition prints and colorways are more expensive at around $ to $$.

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent board-feel
  • Great sole grip
  • Classic design
  • Good breathability

Cons

  • Soles can turn yellow sometimes
  • Canvas material wears out easily

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Completing our "holy trinity" of skate shoes is DC. For comparison, we will feature the DC Net skate shoe model. You will know that a shoe is DC because of the logo splashed on the lateral side. Unlike the Converse One Star and Vans Old Skool, which both have a flat, feet-hugging shape, the DC Net is bulkier. This shoe is affectionately called "battleship" because of its bulky form including a huge solid toe box, a thickly padded tongue and collar, and a multi-layered leather-and-fabric skin. The sole is thick and flat, but it looks seamlessly attached to the main shoe. The white DC Net shoe is the most popular one, although it also comes in several color schemes. The classic DC Net skate shoes are made with nubuck leather, but recent models feature suede.

  • Price
  • COMFORT
  • SKATEBOARDING RATING
  • Design QUALITY

5.0 of 5 stars

DC Net skate shoes are more comfortable than Converse skate shoes. The thick internal lining gives a premium feel around the feet while the thick heel collar prevents chafing and blistering. This is why these shoes can be worn with low ankle socks. The heel and toe cushion absorbs shocks without sacrificing board-feel. Best of all, the shoe has excellent ventilation and wicking. The combination of fabric and nubuck leather allows the feet to breathe well even during the most intense of board sessions.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Excellent feet support
  • Good breathability
  • Nubuck leather is durable

Cons

  • Too bulky
  • Not so good board-feel
  • Colorway choices can be daunting

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Lying at the peripheries of Converse-Vans-DC trinity is the brand Huf. For our comparison, we will feature the Huf Classic Lo. As the name implies, it is a low-cut suede skater shoes with nice stitch accents and an iconic solid sole and toe caps.

  • Price
  • COMFORT
  • SKATEBOARDING RATING
  • Design QUALITY

Huf Classic Lo is relatively pricier at $$, but you can buy it on sale from online stores.

Pros

  • Slim form factor
  • Excellent board-feel
  • Good traction
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Risk of heel slippage
  • Poor cushioning
  • Poor feet support

CONCLUSION

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Not surprisingly, the Converse One Star is our top pick for a skate shoe from this list. It combines form and function well. Not far behind are DC, Vans, and Huf. If you prefer a slimmer profile, get either the Vans or Huf. But if you like your shoes big, then DC is for you. There have been several brands over the years and some of them make a decent shoe. However, the best overall will always be the Converse One Star.

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