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something like Converse All Stars made in USA?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by otacon, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. otacon

    otacon Senior member

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    I make the decision every once in a while to get a pair of Chucks, but never go through. I think I had a pair way back when, but those are long gone. Now that I'm researching it, their not being made in America is bothersome--I'm having a hard time reconcilng buying a regular pair of Chuck Taylors for $40 that were made in Asia. Are there any known makers of similar shoes made in the US, or does Converse ever have Made in USA lines?
     
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    otacon Senior member

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    Very cool. Thank you.
     
  4. Spencer

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    Are Seavees made here? They are simialr.
     
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    Don't take offense but...do you know what Fair Trade is?
     
  7. otacon

    otacon Senior member

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    Thanks for showing me to them. Wasn't aware. I can't figure out if they're made here, either. They talk a lot about California on the website, but I haven't seen anything that said "Made in USA", which is something that normally gets stressed in my experience. I did come across a listing on Google for a shoe made by union workers, but the page didn't work, go figure.
     
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    Check out shoes like pottery on southwillard

    Made in a kiln in Japan
     
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    I feel like converse is missing out on a great opportunity to bring some manufacturing back to the US. They've already got their Converse by John Varvatos line, why not have a higher-end made in america line?

    Chucks are a wardrobe staple. They're simple, classic, and go with just about anything in a casual setting. I'd pay triple what they're currently going for for something made in the USA to better standards and with better materials.

    Then again, maybe there's not much of a market for that. I'd love to see it happen though.
     
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  11. DannyJman

    DannyJman Well-Known Member

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    The Irony is - When i was in Thailand, there was Chucks regularly being distributed ' Made in USA '..
    I would recommend buying Online - And ask if they were made in the USA before purchase - That is the best way plus you can get them pretty cheap compared to the RRP
     
  12. karateisland

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    Autumn---I would certainly pay extra for some Chucks made in the USA. They would certainly last longer and it's a bonus that I could know I was helping to pay some workers a living wage.
     
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    They have Chuck Taylor Addicts MIJ... problem solved - be prepared to pay > 10x the price of normal Chucks. Or just get a pair of W+H/Lanvin/one of the other many premium sneakers based off of Converse designs.
     
  14. otacon

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    Whoa. This is still around.

    What's "MIJ" mean, cyc wid it?

    As for John Varvatos...my red leather ones are kind of disintegrating. The leather is fine, but the white rubber is falling apart on the right, near the heel. The left one seems to have a little gap going, too, that's kind of hard to describe. It doesn't seem to wear like the stuff standard Chucks have. It might be partly my fault, as I bought them in my Converse size, and they're rather tighter, partly because of the very thick insole. Maybe the insole has me walking on them harder. I think driving also has something to do with the right's tearing.
     
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    ^made in japan.

    I second everything cyc wid it says. I wish I had bought some black CP shell toe lows when they were in my size. Sold out by the time sales came around :(
     
  16. Nizza

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    I believe the best way for you to full-filled your wants is to go for vintage converse made in USA

    Try

    http://myworld.ebay.com/vintage_converse_store/?_trksid=p4340.l2559

    This ebay seller sale great quality of vintage converse made in USA, he got those from the 50s to the 90s (converse stop manufacturing their shoes in USA during 90s)


    For me this is my grail :)

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  17. otacon

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    I'll have to check back on that seller every so often. Thank you.

    Nice kicks, too. Were those from a partnership line or was Addidas just straight up copying Converse?
     
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    yeah no problem man :)

    i would suggest go for those mid-70s vintage chuck, imo it's very affordable and got the best sole shape and toe box comparing to those in 80s-90s

    for those in the with blue/black label in the heel sole (60s-early 70s) it's pretty hard to find and very pricey which i feel like it's not quite worth for a pair of sneakers and there's not much of a different

    For my Adidas it's vintage hi-top Nizza, i'm not quite sure the era (maybe late 70s-80s) took me several years to find it....

    i really don't think there's a collaborate line in the past...... more like adidas just copy the style and put in their stripes and logo on it, like what pro keds did in the old days
     
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    I've been trying to get a pair of white highs for cheap on ebay for weeks now without any luck. I just really don't want to pay $40...

    I'll gladly pay a premium for the same design with better construction MIU though.

    Used pair from 70s for $300! :plain:
     
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  20. Nizza

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    Yeah, some of those ebay sellers are just super overprice it!!!

    most of the auction for vintage converse USA 70s-80s in great condition end around $100-200

    try the ebay seller link that i post recently, most of his converse condition are almost deadstock, worth trying if you really into them

    i'll post some photos of different era converse if any interested
     

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