The Times’ Critical Shopper Is Not a Fan of the New Converse Store


The Times' Jon Caramanica had his doubts about Converse shoes even before he visited their new Soho store: "About 10 years ago, Converse collaborated with John Varvatos on a modified, somehow-more-casual take on the Chuck by making it a slip-on with no laces, only empty eyelets to emphasize just how carefree and slick you are. Already a simpleton, it became a dullard. It is my least favorite shoe, lower even than Crocs." Unsurprisingly, the new footwear failed to sway him: "They looked moist. I slipped them on and immediately felt terrible. The rubber soles were unforgiving, the side-to-side slide untenable — and I hadn’t even looked in the mirror yet ... I took a quick glance and retreated. At least the shoes were easy to get off." [NYT]