I’m not really a sneaker person. I wear them for working out but that’s about it. I know a lot of people wear them as an everyday shoe and I understand why, they are very comfortable. But for me, sneakers are for exercise or sports. I am however on a constant search for what I call “sneaker type shoes”. These are shoes that resemble sneakers but are more of a shoe than a sneaker and are cuter than sneakers.
I decided to try Converse shoes. It took me a while to buy a pair because even though they meet my requirement for resembling a sneaker but not quite being sneakers, they didn’t meet my requirement for necessarily being cuter than sneakers. But, I’m never one to turn down the opportunity to try on a pair of shoes that catches my fancy, so I trotted down to the Converse Shoe Outlet here in Orlando and bought my first pair.
Sizing them were a bit of a challenge. Usually I’m a giant size 9 but I realized quickly that Converse sizes were different and ended up with a size 8. They fit well at the store so I happily took them home. I opted for a pair of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops in this pinkish purplish color that you see in the picture and the very next day I put on my new shoes, paired with skinny jeans and went about my business.
OMG! did these shoes hurt my poor feet. I mean, honestly, they aren’t the most uncomfortable shoes I’ve ever worn all day, I have been known to squeeze my feet into some painful shoes let me tell you. But I wasn’t expecting Converse to be so painful considering that even men wear them on a constant basis. I believe the reason they hurt so much is because they have no arch support or maybe the person that made them hates feet.
However, I mitigated the pain by inserting a pair of Dr. Scholl’s Comfort Tri-Comfort Insoles for Women that I purchased on Amazon and they made a world of difference. I have since purchased another pair of the same shoe in Red and Tan as well as a pair of the Converse Chuck 70 High Top in Black.
I wear my Converse with skinny jeans as mentioned before and also with maxi skirts or dresses and as long as I have my insoles in place I can wear them for most of the day with relative comfort. They are not a replacement for sneakers when you want all day comfort or need to do a lot of walking around but they are definitely cute enough to wear on days when you don’t feel like heels, don’t feel like flip-flops or sneakers but want to wear something casual.