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Chuck Taylors: White or off-white?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Brigden, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Brigden

    Brigden Well-Known Member

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    So, my little brother wants a new pair of Chuck Taylor's for Christmas. I ask him which colour and he says "white." I go to a Foot Locker, or whatever, and they have two pairs in two shades of "white." One is bright white, like a sheet of paper; the other, off-white.

    Which is cooler? I personally preferred the bright white.
     
  2. bye4now122

    bye4now122 Well-Known Member

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    I personally like the ones called "optical white" which I think are the off white ones, mainly because they're going to get dirty anyways (who buys chucks to keep em clean).

    And I think the off white ones have the red and navy stripes. I like that too.
     
  3. evilgeniusdan

    evilgeniusdan Well-Known Member

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    The off white chucks are called "white". The ones that are just uniform white are "optical white".
     
  4. xchen

    xchen Well-Known Member

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    Right now I have optical white. But in the spring I am going to get the (natural) white as well.

    AA tee, raw denim, and chucks is an awesome look for spring/summer.
     
  5. CDC

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    So, my little brother wants a new pair of Chuck Taylor's for Christmas. I ask him which colour and he says "white." I go to a Foot Locker, or whatever, and they have two pairs in two shades of "white." One is bright white, like a sheet of paper; the other, off-white.

    Which is cooler? I personally preferred the bright white.


    The off-white ones will go with more. Stark white is a difficult 'color' to work with. Stark white also looks worse when it gets scuffed and whatnot. The off-white will handle stains and spots better; the marks wont jump out as much.
     
  6. dougie

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    yeah, 'optical white' is the bright white, 'unbleached canvas' is the off-white. white t, raw denim, and unbleached chucks is like my base outfit. i just build off of that.
     
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    dirty optical chucks look absolutely filthy though. love that look.
     
  8. tiecollector

    tiecollector Well-Known Member

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    go with the unbleached standard white ones. Optical white is a little too metro or poser skater.
     
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  9. GusW

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    I get the bright white, then I wash them in the washing machine 2x with bleach. It cuts the brightness but they look better to me than the off white.
     
  10. stickonatree

    stickonatree Well-Known Member

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    the yellowed white; they're going to get dirty anyway, and i would imagine that the yellowed white would look more "natural" when they are dirty.
     
  11. danilo

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    I like the off white myself...
     
  12. brycep

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    I'm a fan of my optical whites, though the first dirt marks stood out like hideous blemishes. Luckily they're cheap so i'll just buy another pair come summer...
     
  13. progressiveminded

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    Luckily they're cheap so i'll just buy another pair come summer...

    I wish. Forty bucks a pop isn't exactly what I'd call cheap for half a yard of canvas and a bit of rubber.
     
  14. Parker

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    I always used to get the "natural white". It was the only white they made for many years. But, then they started making the "natural" look too much like yellow custard, including the laces. Just looks wrong to me, so now I go for the optical white (which also looks wrong, but not as wrong, esp. when dirty). Both have the red and blue pinstripes. p.s. I'm old and grumpy.[​IMG]
     
  15. Omar1223

    Omar1223 Well-Known Member

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    im actually a fan of the optical white. the chucks look clean and go with pretty much anything especially dark denim. although it does not last long.

    however, i have heard from some people that they scotch guard their chucks and it helps with preventing some stains from getting on the shoes. has anyone tried this?
     
  16. spacemanvt

    spacemanvt Well-Known Member

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    i like the optical white ones better. but they will get dirty as hell... quick!
     
  17. sonick

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    The off-white ones will go with more. Stark white is a difficult 'color' to work with. Stark white also looks worse when it gets scuffed and whatnot. The off-white will handle stains and spots better; the marks wont jump out as much.
    Optical White for me. I actually PREFER my optical white chucks to be a bit grimed up. IMHO they look way better when scuffed up a bit than brand spaking new.
     
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    I recently bought a pair in natural white. They're not nearly as yellowish as a few pictures I just looked at online.

    They look great now that I've got them beat up a bit.
     
  19. danilo

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    I just won a bid on a pair of John Varvatos natural white slip ons... can't wait till they get here.
     
  20. JayJay

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    Mine were optical white but not anymore due to the dirt. I like them much better when they get dirty.

    I bought dark brown for winter but can't make myself wear them. Seems wrong for them not to be white or black.
     

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