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(Guardian)   "I'm happy to endorse a shoe that my feet have known so intimately throughout my rock'n'roll exploits"   ( divider line
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4156 clicks; posted to Music » on 21 Mar 2008 at 7:45 AM (9 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2008-03-21 12:08:40 AM  
Nike-brand Chucks are like Britney covering a Led Zeppelin song.
2008-03-21 08:05:07 AM  
FTFA: Love, so vocal in her denunciation of the Doc Martens' commercial, sanctioned the use of her husband's lyrics and signature on a new limited edition "Kurt Cobain" Converse trainer.

Translation: Corporate usage of my dead husband's image demeans his legacy, unless I get a big enough cut.
2008-03-21 08:35:59 AM  
I always play barefoot so I'm getting a kick out of this article and NO I'm not Todd Snider!
2008-03-21 09:05:40 AM  
bigbottom: I always play barefoot so I'm getting a kick out of this article and NO I'm not Todd Snider!

I hope you don't play in bars. All the ones I've played in have broken glass everywhere.
2008-03-21 09:10:40 AM  
Hey Courtney, when are you going to give Kurt's name to Remington Model 11 Special Edition Re-Issue Commemorative 20-gauge shotgun?
2008-03-21 09:25:21 AM  
I would make jokes about this but I'm actually wearing a pair of One Stars right now. Seriously, if I'm going to do much walking I'll wear some Nikes or boots or something but just for day to day wear I love my One Stars and have for years. They're simple, light weight, and plain. What more can you ask for?
2008-03-21 09:32:01 AM  
Depens solely on taste, no big feat
2008-03-21 10:01:21 AM  
Whats wrong with Rock Music Today
as illustrated with quotes about why Converse are cool
rockstars please note... if you worry about your "image" you are a douchebag. If you are the Strokes.. you are gay... If you made cowboy frilled mog.. whatever.. Chucks.. you are gay

gay... just so gay..
"The Strokes were the reason I started wearing Converse," says Lightspeed Champion, aka London music genius and style legend Dev Hynes. "I was 16 or 17 and there was a photoshoot in either Dazed or ID. They were all on a bed and all their legs were intertwining and they all had Converse on, all different kinds. I was just like, 'Oh my God, that's unreal!'"

in this one the author simultaneously refers to the Yeah yeah yeah's artistic integrity while the quote itself reveals The front "person's" primary concern.. her image..
"Converse have been my staple stage shoe from pretty much the beginning of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs," says Karen O of her unusual decision to put her face and feet to the campaign (YYYs have been known to turn down corporate sponsored tours in the past because it devalued their art). "They have become as much a part of my image as the bright red lips and torn fishnets. I'm happy to endorse a shoe that my feet have known so intimately throughout my rock'n'roll exploits."

for point of reference.. this quote is from a man
"I used to customise them when I was at college - write on them, spray them. I even had Mowgli ones made," laughs MIA. "I put fringe on my suede ones to make cowboy Converse that looked like moccasins."
2008-03-21 10:29:26 AM  
MIA is definitly not a man.......
2008-03-21 10:32:00 AM  
I loved the Doc campaign.
2008-03-21 11:06:49 AM  
I'll stick with my Doc's.
2008-03-21 11:11:34 AM  
I quit buying Chucks when they moved the factory to Indonesia about ten years ago -- and they stopped making them in my size (14.5 US).

Right now I have a blue American-made pair that I got NOS on eBay for $20. They may be the last Chucks I ever wear...and they're the first pair I've had in a decade.
2008-03-21 11:31:16 AM  
Originally conceived as an athletic shoe

that's hysterical, they're the WORST shoe for any kind of athleticism. I used to wear them when running to practice in high school; they day I got REAL running shoes was the day that I was one of the first ones to make it to the field. Plus, my feet didn't hurt.

/used to wear one black chuck and one yellow chuck.
//Which was never cool.
2008-03-21 11:33:03 AM  
I love my Chucks, I own about three pairs. It's partially because I consider them "plain" enough that they can be interchanged like the foot equivalent to a t-shirt; but the more pragmatic reason is that since they're my everyday shoe (work, weekends, etc.), they literally fall apart on me very quickly. Rotating them out prolongs the lifespan.

It does kind of suck that the manufacturing moved out of the States, the shoe is so quintessentially American.
2008-03-21 11:50:16 AM  
Least comfortable shoe evar.
2008-03-21 12:02:34 PM  
Converse was originally based right near where in grew up, so we had the luxury of an outlet store with very high quality "irregulars"

(literally, the bottom of the sole might have a mark, but who can see that?)

they were great for just walking around, but yeah, as an athletic show their day passed in the 1950's

/they did make other shoes though for a while - remember kids, that both Larry and Magic wore Converse
2008-03-21 12:13:36 PM  
Converse has "always been about inspiring originality and the spirit of optimistic rebellion".

I guess that explains why I could never get in with the "cool" crowd. I wasn't wearing the correct brand of anti-conformity shoes. If only I had studied standard rebel labeling instead of wearing hand-me-downs and not caring what I looked like...

They're farking shoes, people. They get dust and gum and dirt and dogshiat on them. That's their job.

/representing Payless for life
2008-03-21 12:32:41 PM  
I have two generations of chucks hanging on my wall.. plain black and white.. they're great cause nothing is lighter or closer to the ground then Chucks.. the ultra thin sole lets your toes grip the dirt/trail/court/whatever... plus they're the reason sneakers are called sneakers.. ultra quiet while running or walking. I love my chucks... and they love me ..
until the inevitible heel blowout/sole-detach...
ya know I love my Docs too... the only shoe that once the air filled sole wears through you can hide a bag of weed in it..
/back in the day that is... ahem
/MIA isn't a man?
holy cow I like the music too... I seem to have inserted my Chuck Taylor in my mouth..
2008-03-21 01:09:37 PM  
Chucks are nice, but i perfer my MacBeth's. Same idea, better fit, and better look IMO.
2008-03-21 02:18:52 PM  
Pronto_Breakneck: Least comfortable shoe evar.

On the contrary. I find them to be the best shoes ever. I've probably owned over a hundred pairs since my first in 2nd or 3rd grade. I walk about two and a half miles a day in them and my feet couldn't be happier. Bonus: I get about three pairs of kicks for the price of one pair of Air Jordans or whatever. I used to get made fun of mercilessly for wearing chucks in junior high, when it was really important to have $200 shoes that inflated with air. My smug factor is pretty high now that the rest of the world sees the light on my footwear choice.
2008-03-21 03:45:24 PM  
Yeah, then When Dr Martens launched an advertising campaign last year featuring dead rock stars wearing its perennially anti-fashion boots, the music world was apoplectic. "Outrageous," screeched Courtney Love, whose late husband Kurt Cobain could be seen swinging from a cloud in ivory robes and six-holed AirWair DMs
One year later $$$$$$ (p)
2008-03-21 03:51:09 PM  
Chucks are comfortable but Vans are a better ice-and-snow shoe.
2008-03-21 04:21:06 PM
me (far right ------>)
got from drummer when I did lights for them for a week

/only five pairs ever made
//last surviving pair
///still got 'em
////not yours
2008-03-21 04:33:07 PM  
i like my jack purcells
2008-03-21 07:48:38 PM  
I own about six pairs of Chucks and they are not comfortable at all. I had my phase when I was 17 and thought they were the coolest ever.

I still appreciate the aesthetic of them, but I'd rather rock Dunks.

Also XD@ that dipshiat from Test Icicles. If you do anything because you saw The Strokes do it, in a photo shoot no less, you really are a dipshiat.
2008-03-22 03:20:17 AM  
I think when women wear Chucks, they look dykey. Eww.
2008-03-22 05:14:18 PM  
I bought my first pair about four years back, and have never bought another shoe since. They're so damn comfortable, and go with everything. You don't have to wear them in, they look better as they get older, and there are so many different styles.

I think when women wear Chucks, they look dykey. Eww.

Never go out to a local gig then, because that's all the girls wear.
2008-03-23 02:10:08 AM  
chucks are hot for girls. i have 5 pairs and they look great with very tight jeans
2008-03-23 08:55:03 PM  
Used to wear cons all the time, they would last me about a year per pair. Got a pair after nike took over (I didnt know the story at the time), saw a 'made in Indonesia' tag on em and remembered that fashion/utility aside, one of the main reasons I wore them was because they were one of the few still made in the states. Low and behold they fell apart after 2 months, so I quit buying them. Found out soon after about about the Nike buyout and naturally joined the boycott. Wish more would see that connection and follow suit.

Nowadays I rock the Simples, they last about 2-3 years a pair. Very well crafted and comfortable shoes, not to mention made close to home. As an added feature they squeal and squeak on command with the right flooring.
2008-03-24 11:52:32 AM  
Hey urinalcakewalk, What are these "Simples" of which you speak and where may I find them?

/Interested in comfortable shoes made USA.
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