Chucks are Ugly

chucks are uglyThere. I said it. I don’t like hightop Chucks, lowtop Chucks and Chuck Norris doesn’t even like Chucks. Chuck Norris just stares at Chucks and they realize they’re not worthy of being anything called a “Chuck” and walk away.

I suppose they have their fans (as I discovered last night on Twitter when I mentioned I wish they’d go the way of the yoyo shoes). Damn, you folks like your Chucks.

One of my best friends, Laura, loves her Chucks. Come to think of it, I haven’t really seen her wear much else. I don’t understand the attraction, but I suppose it’s along the lines of those who love Vans, Toms (seriously? I get the social responsibility angle…but UGH!), Topsiders, UGGS, Jellies and other shoes of days gone by.

So tell me, dear readers – what IS IT about the Chucks that keeps your feet all fat and happy? There – I used the word “fat” again (much to some’s chagrin). Granted, I used to feel the same way about Crocs until I scored a pair of their flip flops. Now, I *heart* my Croc flops. (George G. Smith – do you hear me? While you no longer care due to professional obligation, I’m a convert.)

Lay it on me – I can take it. Tell me what it is about your favorite footwear. I want to know.

54 comments
AlzarFredo
AlzarFredo

If you grew up in C.A. it is like a way of life rocking a pair of Chucks. Whenever I go to lace up a pair (which is like almost everyday) it doesn't feel like any other shoe I own. They have a old school touch and feel that very and I mean very few shoes have.... 10-20 years from now people will still rock Chucks. They are timeless, like it or not.

sinikol
sinikol

@AlzarFredo ya trendy ugly goofy shoes, its like everybody trying to be "cool" when they look like effin lamers lol ugliest shoes ever and obivously people that dont know about style wear them like you lol loser.

AlzarFredo
AlzarFredo

Lol. I must say that response was quite amusing. Good Job, you're so good at pointing nothing out. Chucks have been around for decades for a reason, you silly child you.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

chucks are effin ugly ugggggh, only true og's from the hood can rock them. as for the trendy band wagon riding tards , they fail. vans ftw , chucks = are like ck one shirts from the 90's totally done with, move on lamers.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thanks for the voice of support, Andy. Seriously - why should you have to wear something into submission? GAH!

The Redhead
The Redhead

OK - I'm awarding you five Random Redhead Points for the Axis/Labor Day/New Coke/Kate haircut rant.Awesome.

The Redhead
The Redhead

You know, I've heard tons of folks swear by the Five Fingers shoes and I have to say, it's likely I'll buy a pair!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thanks for the voice of support, Andy. Seriously - why should you have to wear something into submission? GAH!

The Redhead
The Redhead

OK - I'm awarding you five Random Redhead Points for the Axis/Labor Day/New Coke/Kate haircut rant.Awesome.

The Redhead
The Redhead

You know, I've heard tons of folks swear by the Five Fingers shoes and I have to say, it's likely I'll buy a pair!

andygirl
andygirl

I don't get it. I don't. I wore Chucks as a teen because it was cool and that's what you do. But they hurt my feet. And they only got comfortable when they started falling apart. Sorry. No help from this girl.

EveryProblem
EveryProblem

Oh, you are sooooo wrong on this one. Just wrong. Pure wrong. Like axis of evil wrong. White after Labor Day wrong. New Coke wrong. Kate Gosselin's haircut wrong. Have I made my position clear? Chucks rock, and nothing rocks like the old school leather Chucks. As for Crocs, they, what's the word I'm looking for, oh yeah, BLOW. Goofiest shoes on the planet.

Georgia
Georgia

Aw, Erika say it ain't so! Chucks are so cute! I feel like they bring out the little kid in you. But I can see why some people might not like them. They're really not all that cushioned. They're horrible in the rain. And sometimes I feel like they make my feet look kind of clown-ish... so I started getting them in kid's sizes haha.I'm a fan of my Nike Eclipses :) You should check those out!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Oh man...they're owned by Nike? Wow. Another #shoefail!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Seriously - the outpouring of emotion over footwear here has been impressive. Have you all filed your taxes?!?!

WickedShawn
WickedShawn

This is hilarious to me, as I have never worn Crocs or Chucks. I love the nostalgia footwear. Don't get me wrong. Any one of you so much as reach for my Choos and someone will take a heel to the throat, but I just think it's awesome, this feeling of warmth over such, well, unattractive shoes. I do have a couple of pairs of flip flops, but even they are a little prettied up, I just can't help myself.

Kim Woodbridge
Kim Woodbridge

I started liking them waaaayy back in high school. And before the were bought by Nike (ugh) they were cheap. But I like them because my feet are flatish and they really don't have much in the way of arch support.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Dude, don't judge. You went Spicoli on me.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Dude, I didn't PAY for the Croc flops...Shesh!

Cherry Woodburn
Cherry Woodburn

Chucks hide fat ankles. There's definitely something to be said for that.

D.T. Pennington
D.T. Pennington

I remember the very first pair of shoes I ever actually WANTED to own were black and white checkered Vans after I had seen the same pair featured in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Then, there was a lag in the Spicoli fashions and I couldn't find them anywhere.So when I did find a pair I picked them up even though they were at least two sizes to big. They were amazing no less. Naturally, a few years later, you could find the same pair of shoes just about anywhere. From Hot Topic to the feet of hipsters. Overall, they're loved by so many because they are so damn timeless, cheap, and are easily and readily personalized by a Sharpie or a Bic pen. As for Crocs? I can't take anyone seriously when they are wearing Crocs. I don't care if you only wear them between the swimming pool and the locker room or while you're weeding your garden (literally, or not). They look stupid, they've always looked stupid, and when Crocs finally goes out of business you'll realize what a silly fad you got sucked into.

The Redhead
The Redhead

5 bullet points to backup Chucks and you have nothing to say about my Croc flops? I'm disappointed, Peter, and I'm calling your mother.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Flip flops are another trend. My other half would wear them in snow if he could get away with it. And I applaud the use of the phrase "Chuck it up." Kinda like upchuck but without the cleanup!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Dude, women wear some U-G-L-Y shoes. I'm backing you up 100% there. I even copped to the Croc flops. #footwearfail

The Redhead
The Redhead

Oh, Dave...I was being snarky. But then again, Chucks do *not* a rockstar make. I wonder if Mike wears Chucks....#ponder

The Redhead
The Redhead

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Peter
Peter

Hmmm, why people love Chucks:1. They're punk. They've been a staple of punk scenes for decades, and as far as shoes go, nothing else really has the same street cred. That's just a superficial reason, though.2. They remind us of 4th grade. All the cool kids had them in the '80s, usually in crazy colors, and staying loyal to them just keeps us grounded in our awesome, pseudo-subculture roots. Even though they're completely mainstream now. (Which doesn't matter if you were around the first time.)3. They're damn comfortable. Seriously, they just conform to your foot, exactly the way they refuse to conform to the weddings and high-end banquets people sometimes wear them to just to be all punk and stuff. You can forget you're wearing them for, like, 3 days at a time.4. It's OK to let them get all f'ed up and shredded, because like a good pair of Levi's, the more street grunge on them, the more acceptable they are. In fact, the only time they're lame is when they're right out of the box. (Or when they're artificially weathered, which is like wearing a band t-shirt without knowing who the band is.)5. After you shred them and wear them down to the bone, you can sell them to people in Japan for $80. But there's very little research to back this.Crocs? Wow, I have nothing to say.

Devon Jordan
Devon Jordan

Chucks and Rainbows, thats all I will ever need. I went to prom wearing Chucks, I'll get married wearing Chucks, and I'll be buried in my Chucks. I cant tell you why, or how, I came to love Chucks so much, but I can tell you that if Chuck Norris ever tried a Chuck Taylor, he'd be in for life too.Alas I don't wear the Chucks too often anymore, only when the occasion calls for closed toes, Rainbows are where its at.

Rich Anderson
Rich Anderson

Wearing Chucks just tells the world you can handle anything that comes your way. Plus you look like a rock star.

D.T. Pennington
D.T. Pennington

If you refer to iTunes to develop your perception of rock stars, then maybe you should just stick to your Crocs.

CrassJackass
CrassJackass

They're the Jeep of the shoe world. You can track them through all manner of gunk all day long, toss them in the wash, and they're good as new. It's also just a good, clean looking shoe - a nice change of pace from all the other crap with embossed vinyl, mismatched materials, and clashing colors (I'm looking at you, Puma).

grimmlock
grimmlock

what can i say that hasn't already been said? it's a comfort thing. also, for the price you pay they last longer than just about any other pair of equally priced shoes you will find.also, Vans are KA as well (I happen to be wearing my Vans as opposed to my Chucks today). the one thing that really depressed me was when Airwalks went from being sold in stores like Foot Locker to Payless. I refuse to buy shoes there.as for the comment about the shoes being "ugly," i have seen the footwear a lot of women wear, and it would definitely not be classified as attractive in any sense of the word.if you really want to see ugly shoes, you should see my Nike Pegasus running shoes. now them's some ugly shoes.

Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams

Ah, the Chucks question. I live in Brooklyn, Bushwick to be specific (which is the hipster capital of the world for those who don't know). Hipsters sure do love them some Chucks. Guys wear 'em, girls wear 'em. With skinny jeans, with shorts, with leggings, with moustaches, it doesn't matter. They Chuck it up all over the place. This always amuses me. So many people say that they wear them because they are comfortable or because they are practical or whatever. And I can't help but notice that to most of these people they only became comfortable and practical after they became fashionable. Funny how that works out. Granted, i'm certainly not above conforming to fashion trends. Before I moved to NYC I wore flip flops about 350 days a year, now I never do. p.s. I should also say that I'm commenting based on the Chuck wearers in my neighborhood. I'm sure the experience/reasoning is different in other areas, such as this blog.

Sarah Welch
Sarah Welch

Slide your foot into a pair of One Stars, and you'll know! This guy knew: When I was in college, I was walking back to my dorm at 2am in the morning. This guy that looked like he had been the loser in a bad bar fight started following me. Uh oh. I sped up. He sped up. He caught up with me before I could make it to one of the emergency call buttons. What did he say to me? "Hey, where did you get your shoes?" He had lost his black suede One Stars (just like the ones on my feet) in a bad motorcycle accident--hence his post-bar fight look. I wore those shoes until there were holes in the sole. Besides, even if Chucks aren't pretty, they do say something about you. You're approachable, laid back, and fun. At least that's what they say to me :) I own one pair of Chucks at the moment: white & silver low tops. Love!

The Redhead
The Redhead

If I can't download you on iTunes, you're not a rock star. Just sayin'...

The Redhead
The Redhead

I didn't say I wore them outside the house. The Croc flops are dandy "run around a hardwood floor house" shoes and squish nicely in damp soil :)Now I'm thinking about pencil-leg jeans! Dammit!

Sonia Simone
Sonia Simone

OK, someone who wears Crocs outside the house has, um, no leg to stand on.I do heart my Chucks. They make me think of those skinny punk boys of my youth.

jim
jim

I've never been a Chucks man, but I have a pair of all-black Vans and really, really, really like wearing them. So comfy. Even with the stupid-thick tongue. They even have good support for my floppy, flat feet -- something I usually only find in a good pair of Saucony running shoes. And I don't even run.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Ohhhh, I do love me some pointy-toed torture devices :)

The Redhead
The Redhead

Dear lord, how could I have overlooked the Pumas? #fail