Spotlight: New Colors from Converse

Throughout the years, the iconic Chuck Taylor from Converse has been a canvas classic. Both the low, ox-style sneaker and the high-top All Star have long been wardrobe staples for everyone from the casual kid to the punk rock stars on stage—you rarely ever saw Joey Ramone wearing anything besides his Chuck Taylors. Black and white were, for a long time, the staples, but now Converse is constantly adding new colors and patterns to keep the classic sneakers fresh each and every season.

Here are some of our favorite new colors and patterns, available now from Converse.

Many of the new patterns and colors are available for women. The Women’s Chuck Taylor low top sneaker in peppermint has a pastel look that’s perfect for the warm weather months, all while maintaining that classic low top Chuck look with the logo detail at the heel.

Women's Chuck Taylor low top sneaker in peppermint.

Women’s Chuck Taylor low top sneaker in peppermint.

Another great new Converse look for women comes with the Chuck Taylor low top sneaker in a blue and white wash, with a slightly tye-dye feel that also evokes the clear summer sky above. It’s perfect for summer vacation.

Chuck Taylor low top sneaker in blue and white.

Chuck Taylor low top sneaker in blue and white.

Our final recommended look for women is the Double Tongue Low in charcoal and pink. This two-tone style is a slight variation on the classic Chuck Taylor low top sneaker, with a second tongue adding a pop of pink that takes a one-color sneaker and adds a fashionable burst of color.

Double Tongue low in charcoal and pink.

Double Tongue low in charcoal and pink.

New colors and patterns aren’t just for the gals. There are plenty of new looks available for guys too, and our first recommended look is the the Men’s All Star High in red, white and blue. The American color scheme is augmented with flag-style stripes and a stylized eagle detail to give patriotism a new look.

Men's All Star High in red, white and blue.

Men’s All Star High in red, white and blue.

If you’re looking for more of a solid color look, we recommend the All Star Lo in burgundy. It’s got the classic Chuck Taylor silhouette in a new, bold color that stands out without being too outrageous. It’s the perfect addition for a Converse connoisseur.

The All Star Lo in burgundy.

The All Star Lo in burgundy.

Our final men’s style is something a little different. The men’s All Star mid in a black and white wash has a rugged, weathered look, along with a padded collar that alters the silhouette a bit from the traditional Chuck Taylor high-top sneaker. You can still get that classic Converse look, but strike a different chord with this unique shoe.

All Star Mid in black and white wash.

All Star Mid in black and white wash.

We hope that you’ve found some new looks to look out for with these American classics.

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How to Measure Your Kids’ Feet for a Perfect Shoe Fit

Kids blast through shoes faster than they outgrow clothes, so you’re constantly sizing up their feet. Look for supportive heel counters, good inside cushioning, a built-in arch and sole flexibility at the ball of the foot. Try on shoes with the right socks, and do a walk-around test to check for pressure spots and areas that rub. Here’s the lowdown on how to measure your kids’ feet for a perfect shoe fit.

Ready to have their feet sized for the perfect fit

kids need shoes that fit properly – here’s how to make sure your kids’ shoes fit

Kid Kicks
It’s easy to measure even the wiggliest pair of feet for new shoes. Here’s our printable guide to fitting your childs’ foot. In a few minutes, you’ve got heel shape, foot length for whole and half sizes, and width — and the human whirlwind can dash back out to play. Be sure to measure both feet and buy for the larger foot. Measure for new shoes while the child is standing so that full weight is on the paper size guide. Accurate measurement is the first step, but you can’t stop there. Once those new shoes arrive, check to see that they cup the heel firmly, and look inside. Children’s shoes should be smooth inside with no stitching that hits the foot or bumps in the inner lining. Watch for heels slopping up and down as junior walks, and purchase high tops for the princess who turns her ankle, putting her at risk for sprains.

baby's foot being measured

Don’t be in a rush to cover up those baby toes

Baby Kicks
Baby feet are very bendy and usually pudgy with lots of protective, fleshy padding. Don’t be in a big rush to trap those baby toes in shoes. Even when Twinkle Toes is pulling up and cruising the coffee table or the edge of the sofa, his toes are gripping the ground to help him step and balance. Babies really need shoes for protection when walking on rough terrain — and for those occasions when they clearly make the outfit. Stand the baby on this paper chart so the foot is bearing weight to measure infant sizes from 0 to 4 and toddler feet from 4 1/2 to 10. By the time she can balance on one foot as you measure her for new shoes, your baby will be wearing pre-school sizes from 10½ to 3, and then grade school sizes from 3½ to 7.

Sports Stars
Your champ needs the right size shoes for summer camp and winter P.E. class. That often means buying more than one pair as feet develop. Skip the astronomically priced trendy kicks in favor of good-fitting shoes that you can replace comfortably after a growth spurt. Good value also means two pairs of shoes that can be rotated for even wear to delay rapidly worn-down outer soles or midsoles, broken-down counter support around the heels, or flattened inner padding and arch support. Try on new sport shoes with athletic socks, fully laced, late in the day, when feet are slightly bigger. Press the toes of tennis shoes from time to time, to be sure there is still 1/2 inch of room for each foot between the toes and the end of the shoe.

Shoe-Savvy Tips

  • Measure children’s feet — both of them — every time you buy them new shoes.
  • Don’t purchase new shoes to break in, no matter how cool they are or how dramatic the begging.
  • New shoes should fit well from the first wearing. Check small feet for redness to find out if shoes rub — that means they are too tight or too loose.
  • Little ones who constantly remove one or both shoes might be trying to relieve a poor fit.
  • Look for uneven heel wear because it can indicate a foot problem that should be seen by a podiatrist — a kid who is in-toeing will wear down heels faster than she outgrows the shoes and, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the condition won’t correct itself if you ignore it.

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Overpronation vs Underpronation in Shoe Wear

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Make sure you have shoes to accommodate your pronation

When the running shoe meets the road, terms like overpronation and underpronation make a difference in shoe wear and injury prevention. Simply put:

  • Overpronation is when your foot rolls too far toward the inside as you push through a stride. Overpronation makes running and walking less efficient and could increase the risk of injury if uncorrected.
  • Underpronation is too little inward roll and an indication that you need more shock absorption in your shoes.

The Barefoot Test

Pronation absorbs the impact from foot strike; it’s the way your foot rolls inward as it supports your body weight in motion. Flat feet tend to roll too much — motion control shoes can stabilize them. Feet with high arches roll too little and don’t get enough cushioning — bad news for joints. A normal arch is fine with a neutral cushion shoe. An easy way to check for pronation and arch height is to get your bare foot wet and step on a piece of brown craft paper. The wet outline of a flat arch will show almost the entire foot. A high arch will show a thin crescent connecting the heel and ball of the foot. That information can help you to select the best running shoes and most comfortable everyday shoes for your particular foot.

footprints can help determine your pronation

Your footprint will let you know if you underpronate or overpronate

Stiff and Stable

Overpronaters should go for stability shoes or motion control shoes to control the excessive inward roll caused by flat feet. Motion control shoes have a straight shape and rigid construction that helps to hold the foot in line. They are heavier and more durable and typically feature a sturdy heel cup and straight last, a stiff section under the inside of the foot — to minimize inward roll — and strong carbon rubber outer soles. The Asics Gel-Noosa Tri-9 for both women and men is engineered for gait efficiency and comes in a circus palette of lively colors.

Curves and Cushioning

Underpronaters can look for cushioned shoes with a curved last — they are lighter than other running shoes and allow for greater flexibility. But there are degrees of cushioning to select from, depending on your weight and use. Maximum cushions give you a smooth ride, but they weigh more than lighter cushioning. Their midsoles resist compression, and they work for heavier, high-mileage runners. Moderate cushioning is the happy medium — adaptable to most body weights and training schedules, with a more flexible midsole and a comfortable amount of cushioning. A cushioned shoe absorbs shock — the more cushioning, the more long-lasting the shock absorption. Mizuno Wave Creation 15 for men and women has a molded foam insole with a heel-to-toe cushion to encourage a full roll through the foot with every step.

Where’s the Wear

Your old running shoes will wear according to your pronation. Really worn-down insides indicate overpronation. Excessive outside wear indicates underpronation. Wear patterns can provide useful clues when you are buying new running shoes. But every foot is different, so there are no hard and fast rules for selecting the best shoe to improve your gait. A 2013 study in “The British Journal of Sports Medicine” found that reliance on specific shoes, rather than a good general running shoe, was less important to injury prevention than attention to healthy weight, training intensity and any previous injuries. A 2013 review of studies linking injury and foot type, published in the “Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy,” found a link between flat feet or high arches and injuries, but not an alarming one. The conclusion: Buy and wear comfortable running shoes, check them for excessive wear patterns, and pay attention to pronation when selecting shoes to correct a problem.

When It’s Time to Move On

When your shins hurt, your arches are sore and your knees ache, check those shoes. Bald outer soles, no “give” in the foot bed cushion — shoes that feel compressed, flat and dead, probably are. A light-as-air runner with an easy foot fall might get 600 miles from a pair of running shoes. A trail pounder or a heavier runner could blow out a pair at 400 miles. Keep track of your mileage in a daily log (we love RunKeeper) and start breaking in a new pair of shoes when you hit 300 miles. Then pay attention to how you feel as you rotate the old and new shoes for a couple of weeks. You’ll quickly see when your shoes have expired and it’s time to retire them.

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Top Trends for Back-to-School Kicks

The best back-to-school strategy is to line up your kicks before the classroom doors open. Smart moms get sign-off from the reluctant and the style-obsessed by presenting a screen full of curated, trendy but durable school shoes and permitting some choice. Snag the best flats, sneakers, boots and rain boots to work with a school wardrobe or uniform. Remember to measure both feet and buy for the largest one, with a 1/2-inch gap between toe and toe box so there’s room to grow.

kids headed back to school - top trends for back-to-school

Keep your kids happy with the best new styles for back-to-school

Flats, Cowboys and Combats
Ballet-step and boot-up for fall fashion footwear to impress them at recess. Back-to-school shoes might be as demure as the simple black leather ballet flat or as look-at-me as a black leather and paintbox-bright, part sneaker and part Mary Jane flat with angled cross straps. Extreme cool and cold weather both call for combative hot pink or cherry-red Dr. Martens and short cowboy kicks in distressed leather with contrasting flame stitching and star-flower details. Low-heeled, round-toed, chocolate high boots with straps and buckles at ankle and calf, and convenient side zippers, will get some hard use from your girly style maven. He’ll be happy in a leather penny loafers with moccasin-stitched toes suit his laid-back style. A bit sportier, leather and mesh, water-resistant boat shoes with rawhide laces are 2 cool 4 school.

girls back-to-school trends - shoes

Unexpected Kicks
Sneakers are a school staple but trendy kicks are in the advanced class. Knee-high high-tops that lace up the front and zip up the side are a boot substitute and a grade-A fashion statement in crisp black-and-white. She can wear them with skirts, baby doll dresses, shorts or leggings — Converse makes a canvas pair that’s casual but classic. Send him off to conquer his world in a pair of wicked black-and-red, leather and fabric, high-top skate style sneakers. Good support, shock-absorbing cushioning, miles of style — these slick-guy kicks will have him lacing up and dashing off to catch the bus every morning while you congratulate yourself for supplying hard-wearing, B-boy awesome, motivational school shoes.

Converse Kids' AS XX-Hi

Converse Kids’ AS XX-Hi

 DC Shoes Kids' Destroyer Hi

DC Shoes Kids’ Destroyer Hi

Perfect Form
September at your house isn’t a frenzy of fashion-statement angst, peer pressure matchy-matchy and “You’re going to wear what?!” You side-stepped the daily dogfight with a school uniform and now the only style battle you’ve got — aside from skirt length – is at ground level. When the shoes are uniform, too, buy quality for comfort and durability and get a shoe-shine kit. A sleek, lace-up oxford in smooth black leather looks just like dad’s dress shoes. The squared-off toe and perforation detailing are an urbane kid’s style bonus. Hands-down, Mary Janes take it for uniform kicks to go with any girls’ dress code. The rounded toes and Velcro-closure wide leather straps are timeless.

Have a great school year!

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What Shoes to Wear on an Interview

Whether you’re a first-time, not-in-a-long-time, or frequent job interviewer, your head-to-toe appearance can help you get hired or quickly shown to the door. “Appropriate” is your mantra here — not every industry calls for a conservative business suit and forgettable footwear. To a savvy interviewer, shoes can be a tip-off to the qualities of the wearer. Are you a style maven, a deal closer, a detail person or an unbridled creative? Play it safe but don’t default to dull to get the job – here’s your guide to what shoes to wear on an interview.

interview candidates should err on the side of being too dressy

Don’t sweat the competition! Be smart and dress the part to nail down an offer.

How High to Fly
Women have a harder time settling on the perfect look for a job interview because the “uniform” is so loosely defined. You could opt for a business suit; a dress and jacket; a skirt, blouse and non-matching jacket; or pressed khakis and a nice shirt. Whatever the venue and style, heel height is an issue. The best choices are between medium pumps and conservative flats. No teetering into the human resources office on your killer stilettos, trendy platforms or faux leopard-fur ballet slippers — and skip the sneakers.

Be Safe But Sophisticated
Your professional self needs professional shoes — you’ll wear them again so invest in the best you can manage. Closed-toe pumps with a medium heel are classic. Change it up a bit with nude instead of standard black leather. Nude pumps give you a long elegant leg line with a skirt or dress. Heels with pants are just as sophisticated as heels with a suit. Slender black side-zip or lace-up short boots are an acceptable alternative to pumps under a pants suit. Power flats are most impressive in leather or fabric; color is fine, wild patterns, not so much. Save the exuberance for a discreet scarf, a touch of color in your blouse, or a distinctive but non-showy piece of simple jewelry. Here are a few of our favorite basic, classic pumps to wear on an interview:

One of our fave interview pumps - Zabrina by Lauren Ralph Lauren


One of our fave interview pumps - Lennox by Naturalizer

Naturalizer Lennox Pump

One of our fave interview pumps - Dolly by Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Dolly Pump

The Little Black Shoe
Guys don’t get a free pass on footwear when it’s time for a job interview. A good pair of black or cordovan leather slip-on or lace-up business shoes with a sleek line and leather soles always makes an impressive cap to the right business suit. Think of those good quality gleaming wing tips as a long-term investment; they’ll wear well and serve as an unspoken reminder of your reliable taste. Leather loafers are a touch more casual but still work for an office job — and if the office is in a creative company, loafers are a bit more dressy and definitely more respectful than totally trendy sneakers. Cool kicks can work once you’re on the payroll but don’t flaunt your colorful personality before they know your work. You can’t go wrong in shoes from brands like Ben Sherman, Florsheim, and Kenneth Cole.

Polished Presentation
So, you’ve regretfully set your gladiator sandals, mile-high platforms and B-boy sneakers aside, and you’re ready to power stride into that interview. Do a last-minute check to be sure your made-for-the-job shoes are clean, scuff-free, well-heeled, nicely polished and not trailing any bits of street debris after you. Keep your interview shoes in job-offer shape with regular polishing; taps on heels and toes to off-set wear; new laces; and cedar shoe trees to hold their shape and absorb foot odors. Test-drive any shoes you haven’t worn for a while to see if they still fit properly. And invest in a pair of waterproof overshoes for crucial job interviews that take place in a downpour. Slip them off and stash them in a plastic bag in your portfolio or briefcase once you hit dry land.

Best of luck landing the new job!

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