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Surprisingly good shoe for the price!!
on 27 September 2015
I bought these shoes along with a genuine pair of Converse to compare closely, I hope my findings can be of use to you!
Can't be bothered reading? To sum up: very slightly different in a few different ways (type of thread used for stitching etc) but at the end of the day A really similar looking shoe with a surprisingly thick insole/sole. Worth the cheap price, but make sure you size up. (In the photos these shoes are always above, Converse below.)
First of all, although allegedly the same size as the genuine Converse (in my case a size 8, which is printed inside the shoe) these shoes are way shorter. When held sole-to-sole they are 2-3cm shorter than the genuine Converse, so I'd recommend sizing up at least once!) Unfortunately due to the fact that they are simply far too small for me, I cannot honestly comment on the fit, but I will say that they do look to be a similar shape - very slightly wider at the narrowest point, and very slightly slimmer at the widest point.
The soles of these shoes are very similar in appearance to the Converse, but have a slightly more plasticky feel to them. Together, the insole/sole of these shoes, if anything, feels to be thicker than that of the Converse, and the insole itself is also softer, more gel-like. At first glance this would seem to be a positive, but after some thought I wonder if the insole would become more uncomfortable with time - the sole is soft but when you press hard you can feel a definitely point in which there is a 'stop' whereas with the Converse it's slightly harder to press down, but the stop is more gradual. I'd say if you were planning to pound the pavements in these badboys it would take its toll, but honestly I'm impressed with the soles and insoles, they appear to be much sturdier and higher quality than I was expecting.
The canvas of the shoes is almost identical to look at, especially so once they're on your feet. The canvas is slightly thicker than that on the Converse, more hardwearing I'm sure, but not so good if you're going for that beachy 'lived-in' look, I don't think they'll soften like the real-deal. the stitching, again from afar would not be noticeably different but since we're comparing them I'll go into that much (ridiculous) detail - the thread used on these is definitely thinner, and looks cheaper (it doesn't have the slight sheen of the Converse thread). The stitches themselves are also longer and uniform, whereas on the Converse the stitch length seems to vary depending on where is is - for example the stitches round the ankle are shorter.
And since we're nitpicking the eyelets on these are a bit shiny, whereas on the Converse they are matte. Unlike the Converse these shoes don't arrive pre-laced, and the laces feel/look very slightly cheaper but laces are laces and they're actually a better length than the ridiculously long ones that come with the Converse.
My only other observation is that although these shoes are smaller than the Converse, the rubber toe extends further and is slightly squint, which is not quite as appealing to the eye.
At the end of the day any knock-off is going to have a few corners-cut, but I am honestly really surprised with the quality of the shoes before me. Yes you lose the 'Converse' tag, and the slightly shiny stitching, but you also lose the price-tag that goes with that. I'd recommend for anyone looking for a Converse-like plimsole without wanting to pay the price.
Please note in all my photos this shoe is above, and the Converse is below.