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    Converse alternatives

    Random one. I love the Converse style trainer but find the quality of the brand itself absolutely shite. Anyone have recommendations for similar styles that don't fall to bits?

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    I've been wearing Altama OTB for a while now and find them very comfy. I've never worn Cons but have read these are like a hardcore version. Designed for military swimmers apparently which is why there's the camo versions (I assume). Having a rubber insole they can get a little hot but lots of people have swapped them out for other insoles.

    Link to the UK stockist (a little pricey but seem to hold up well in my experience).

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    Iíve found vans to last a bit longer nothing earth shattering but just seem a bit better in my experience.

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    I bought a pair of high tops or whatever they call them from Jeffery West. Love the details. Not cheap but certainly a bit different.

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    Hello

    These look pretty good at a reasonable price.

    Musto 064 Lo Shoe

    If you shop around can be picked up for less than rrp.

    Also found Musto to be pretty good.

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    Superga offer lots of similar plimsoll style trainers for a similar price bracket.

    I think they're better quality than the converse.

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    Another vote here for Superga, much better than Converse for me. Also worthy of a look are Novesta and Spring Court.

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    Iíve found Converse to be of a shocking quality, a pair I had within weeks the rear rectangular badge started coming undone, so I complained to Converse just to see what they might say/do and hey werenít in the slightest bit interested. In the end I had to superglue it back into place.

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    The Converse 70s models are more substantially built than the regular Converse, might be worth you looking at. (They also have some arch support, which makes them a damn sight nicer to wear IMHO.)
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    Adidas Originals Nizza hi-top (or low-top). Mine have done a year so far with no significant wear, but I don't wear them day in, day out.

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    They do have a gore tex version - the quality is supposed to be superior than the regular range.

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    I have a slip on and sneakers from clearweather,I saw somewhere that they have Converse style sneakers

    Another alternative will be pf flyer,their insole are nice

    Other alternative will be adidas promodel 1960 or the classic styles with boost midsole

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    I'm going to put a good word in for the brand, I've 3 pairs of Converse and don't have a single quality related issue with them. The two canvas pairs aren't really suitable for cold and/or wet weather, that's it.

    Still hasn't stopped me checking out the other names provided in this thread, though!

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    I bought a pair of Aldi Converse alike. Perfectly serviceable and make fof a great driving shoe for heal-and-toe.

    Apart from not having any brand name on them I honestly don't thing anyone would notice.

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    Superga, PF flyers, or Jack Purcell converse are better than standard ones

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    There are Converse and Vans and then there are copies, fwiw I've never had a problem with the quality, maybe I'm just not hard on my footware!

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    Lanvin, simiar toe cap but last for years.

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    Dunlop Green Flash, plimsolls for older boys and girls.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Thanks for the feedback so far, I'll check out all the recommendations

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Dunlop Green Flash, plimsolls for older boys and girls.
    ^^^^
    This.
    Some proper old school retro footwear right there. Probably a massive hit with the Hoxton Hipsters already.

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    Pretty impressed with the new GoreTex Chuck 70s HiTops. Footbed far more comfortable than previous versions.

    I also like a Japanese brand, Shoes Like Pottery (http://shoeslikepottery.com/en/manufacturing), PF Flyers (as above) and Visvim (although they are ludicrously expensive).

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    Merrell do a great alternative, last ages and really comfortable

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    I've got a few pair of Van's and never had any issues with them, wife and kids have Cons and again never had a problem.

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    French brand Veja are mega trendy - eco-friendly, fairtrade, socially responsible and all that malarky. They even make vegan versions.

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    I just knew that veja made something like converse,I know they have chukkas and some sneakers that looks like Nikeís air force one

    For something fancy,there are Rick Owens and their Adidas colab too

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    You for real?

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