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The 10 Best Converse Shoes For Men

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As a sneaker company Converse has held many roles. First, the king of the court, the ultimate go-to hardwood sneaker, evoking images of early hoops greatness like Chuck Taylor and Larry Bird. The brand’s also dipped its toe into the world of streetwear, seeking a new life in the world of skating, and now high profile collabs with creative fashion houses like A-Cold-Wall and Brain Dead. 

Although Converse has taken a hard lifestyle slant for most of its product, it never lost its soul. The brand was acquired by Nike in 2003, allowing them to access a whole new echelon of opportunity. The partnership has been beneficial, giving Converse the inside edge of Nike materials and groundbreaking technology. Early Nike/Converse basketball sponsorships saw Converse athletes dressing in Cons for the tunnel runway and getting to play in Nike Bball silhouettes. 

There’s a lot going on over at Converse and plenty to be paying attention to. The brand has etched its mark in history and has successfully inserted itself into the contemporary fashion, culture, and lifestyle markets. Their extensive catalog includes quality staple offerings to some highly coveted heat, so we took a look at everything the All-Star brand has to offer and came out the other side with the 10 best Converse shoes for men right now.

1. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star CX “Obsidian”

2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater “Charcoal”

3. A-COLD-WALL x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Lugged Hi “Grey Violet”

4. Converse One Star Ox x Tyler the Creator Golf Le Fleur “Red/Blue”

5. Converse CONS One Star Pro “Dark Root” 

6. Converse Fastbreak High x Babylon “LA Pack”

7. Converse One Star Vintage Suede “White

8. Converse Run Star Hike High Concrete “Heat White”

9. Converse x Rokit Pro Leather Lo “White”

10. Converse All-Star Pro BB “White”

1. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star CX “Obsidian”

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The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star CX takes the iconic Chuck Taylor silhouette and updates it with the future of Converse material. Named “CX” by the brand, these new materials include a stretch canvas and updated foam sole for maximum comfort. The sneaker is outfitted for comfort while still paying homage to its vintage styling. The pair take on an “Obsidian” colorway with a translucent rubber toe cap and midsole. An orange heel tab branding hit and outsole finish off the dark blue design.

Price: $75

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2. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater “Charcoal”

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The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Crater is a great example of Converse benefitting from being owned by the biggest sneaker brand on earth. The Crater Chuck Taylor takes cues from Nike’s Space Hippie line, sneakers made from recycled materials. This time Converse gets in on the action with a modern remix on their classic silhouette, the midsole and canvas upper replaced with more eco-friendly and green materials, all while bringing a new aesthetic to the long-time staple. ​​​​​​

Price: $95

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3. A-Cold-Wall* x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged Hi “Grey Violet”

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Samuel Ross is the head of the ultra-utilitarian tech-inspired brand, A-Cold-Wall. (Often abbreviated as A C W*) The super synthetic aesthetic lands on the Chuck Taylor All Star, transforming it into a Lugged high cut boot with a nylon upper covered in thick rubber overlays. The boot/sneaker comes dressed in a light grey colorway with A C W* branding embossed throughout. The concept is finished off with a super treaded outsole.

Price: $269

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4. Converse One Star Ox x Golf Le Fleur “Red/Blue”

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Outside of Converse’s hardwood sponsorships, their lifestyle sector continues to move the needle with high profile collabs like this one with Tyler, The Creator’s label, Golf Le Fleur. The two have various silhouettes and colorways available, but this “Red/Blue” look on the One Star Ox was one of the first to hit the shelves. The catalyst for a blizzard of other releases between the two, this classic style replaced the Converse branding hit with a flower, courtesy of Golf. ​​​​​

Price: $70

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5. Converse CONS One Star Pro “Dark Root”

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The Converse CONS One Star Pro is a skateboard sneaker that channels the days of skateboard past when 90s low top suede and leather ruled the streets. The sneakers were designed for shredding, outfitted with a mix of durable rubber and soft suedes. The vintage style takes on a CX sock liner for extra comfort and CONS rubber outsole for comfortable board feel and control. The sneaker comes drenched in a “Dark Root” colorway, perfect for actually skating or as a casual, lifestyle sneaker option.

Price: $53

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6. Converse Fastbreak High x Babylon “LA Pack”

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The Converse Fastbreak first hit the court in 1983, and now decades later, the hardwood icon has seen a new life as a casual/lifestyle/skate silhouette in Nike’s “LA Pack.” The pack saw Nike tap multiple LA-based brands like Babylon, Rokit One, and others to collaborate on select Nike and Converse silhouettes. Babylon, the label run by Lee Spielman and Garrett Stevenson, decked out the Converse Fastbreak in a layering of rich leathers, smooth suedes, and a touch of velour never seen on the silhouette before. Babylon dressed the sneaker in a low-key silver and cream colorway with flame details on the heel counter.

Price: $120

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7. Converse One Star Vintage Suede “White”

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The One Star was originally meant for basketball, and like most old school hardwood kicks, it’s been reclaimed by the world of casual/lifestyle wear. The vintage silhouettes feature a low-cut design with a furry suede upper and OrthoLite insole for extra comfort.

Price: $75

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8. Converse Run Star Hike High Concrete “Heat White”

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Despite its name, you probably don’t want to wear these for hiking. Maybe if you’re a bit tired of Salomons and want to go for a more performative “outdoors” aesthetic, this might be the sneaker for you. Mixing casual fashion with a super treaded outsole, the sneaker takes the Chuck Taylor high cut stature and gives the style a super chunky midsole to round out the look.

Price: $119

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9. Converse x Rokit Pro Leather Lo “White”

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West Coast streetwear brand Rokit has been a repeat collaborator with Converse, and this Pro Leather Lo sees the two brands come together to mix the worlds of basketball and skating. The Pro Leather Lo is seen in its original construction with a full leather upper, matte and patent leather sit alongside the Converse branding hit on the side. Other details like an icy, rubber outsole, and orange Converse branding hit on the sole reference the Rokit's orange tab label.

Price: $95

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10. Converse All Star Pro BB “White”

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Converse’s days on the hardwood were behind them, with most of their old basketball sneakers converted to casual models mostly worn by skaters. After being acquired by Nike in 2003, it seemed to be curtains for any chance to return to the court, but in 2019, CONS made their foray back onto the main stage with the All-Star Pro BB. The sneaker was a stab at the performance footwear world, and make of it what you will; there’s no denying Converse’s savvy to reintroduce ballers to a new silhouette meant for the court instead of the board.

Price: $325

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