The New Chuck Taylors are a Podiatrist’s Dream

The new-and-improved Chuck's are easier on your feetFor decades now, the Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker, named for the 1920s basketball phenom, has been a dedicated component of the ‘cool kid’ uniform—no matter how young or old that ‘kid’ may be. Your parents wore them, you wore them, and now your kids are angling for a pair, too!

Unfortunately, the shoes' appearance belied their actual construction—they were not designed with comfort in mind. Between the lack of arch support and the ultra-thin heel, wearers felt the pain in their feet after even just a few hours walking around.

Well, no more. Even though some people are upset about the shoe’s first re-design in 98 years, demanding a return to the more authentic original, podiatrists like myself are thrilled about the shoe's new features!

The new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II features Nike’s Lunarlon sockliner for full foot support, a foam padded collar, a special non-slip tongue (good-bye, blisters) and a perforated micro suede lining that can help combat foot sweats (and, by extension, athlete’s foot.)

All too often, style-minded shoe lovers are forced to choose between fashion, function and comfort. Hat’s off to Converse for making sure that its Chucks fans no longer have to make that tough decision.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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