Old school fashion tennies have resurged in a big way the last few years with the perennial American icon Converse leading the way. They are quintessential, emblematic, too-cool-for-school tennies that have remained affordable, unchanged and comfortably familiar both in fit and aesthetic.
That’s why it’s flat out ironic that Nike bought Converse last year. Not shocking though as Converse was floundering and companies like Adidas, Puma and K Swiss have been cashing in big-time on the retro explosion. You can smell the dollar signs from here.
Dean Johnson, Indianapolis firefighter at Station 13, kicks back at the Indy Jazz Fest at Military Park on Sunday, June 20.Chuck Taylor All Stars have long been the anti-Nike shoe to appease the inner Ramone in everyone without skipping a beat (or a year) for decades. So let’s hope that the classic canvas footwear doesn’t take a turn on the ever changing Nike marketing merry-go-round.
Who wants their Chuck Taylors to look like a pair of Air Jordans with a new gimmick and inflated price tag applied to the shoe every season? Over-stepping that spoon-fed street cred is the reason the Converse fan is the Converse fan … and why the Nike fan ends up owning a trusty pair of Converse, too.
Dean Johnson, an EMT with Clarion Health and Indianapolis firefighter at Station 13, located across the street from Military Park, said that Chuck Taylors "were the first cool pair of tennis shoes I had and I’ll never forget them." He sported his black canvas All Stars at the Sixth Annual Jazz Fest in Military Park while working the First Aid Tent at the event.
A co-worker threw an easy taunt at him, saying his tennies were P.F. Flyers — a dated misnomer that could lead to a punch on the playground. Practical for walking across the grass and easy to clean after kicking up dust from stomping and clapping to the Blind Boys of Alabama (an inspiring performance that all but required an athletic shoe), Converse All Stars made for a perfect shoe accompaniment to the Jazz Fest Sunday, June 20.
Converse can be found at Ayres in all color canvas varieties starting at $40.