Two Weeks In The Water Repellent Converse Chuck II Shield Canvas Sneakers
If you’ve ever owned a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars before (and you probably have), you know how great they are for daily life. Not only their versatility in looks, because they work so well with different outfits, but their general comfortability makes them great for everyday wear too. The 2015 release of the new generation of Chucks, the All Star II, meant that these already incredibly easy to wear sneakers became even more so. Since they came out, Converse has been enhancing the All Star II designs to make the ultimate all-rounder shoe, and their latest creation is the fully water resistant Shield Canvas range. To see if these new sneakers are even better at handling city life as their predecessors, I wore a couple of pairs for two weeks while going about my normal daily routines. From taking photos at a shoot then commuting home in the rain to going out at night, I put the new Shield Canvas shoes through their paces to see how well they held up.
Having a job where I can either be sat at my desk for long periods of time or on my feet at a photo shoot or racing to and from meetings (or often darting between all these), it’s important for me to have versatile and easy to wear shoes. Right from the get-go, it’s obvious how comfortable these All Star II sneakers are. Thanks to a few technological innovations borrowed from Nike, Converse has made a casual sneaker that feels more like wearing a pair of expensive athletic shoes. The inclusion of the Nike Lunarlon sockliner means your feet are cushioned and arches supported for maximum comfort. It pretty much feels like you actually have a spring in your step each time you wear them. Extra ankle support from the hi-top sneakers also makes the shoes easy to wear over long periods of time.
The Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneakers proved to be ideal to wear while taking photos at work. They showed some awesome flexibility when crouching down to get low shots, or when doing up laces too for that matter. They never felt at all stiff or restrictive. Racing from the shoot back to my desk was also a breeze in the sneakers. I didn’t feel the need to be too cautious when running around because the shoes are quite grippy on the soles, so I could cruise over tiles and floorboards and power up and down stairs safely and confidently.
While you could hardly describe a week straight of rainy days as my weather of choice, I was happy for a recent wet spell in Sydney recently. That is, of course, because this is where the Shield Canvas sneakers really show what they’re capable of. Running for the train at the end of the day while it was bucketing down was no issue for the shoes (can’t say the same for my umbrella though). Water simply just beads off the 18 oz. shield canvas, which left me with nothing but dry socks and feet. The excellent grip again proved to be a welcome feature while racing home in the rain, as it never felt like I would slip over on the wet ground.
Being partial to weekend bike ride, I was keen to see how the Shield Canvas sneakers performed on the pedals. They ended up feeling really solid and never felt like they were going to slip off (even with wet pedals). The Nike Lunarlon sockliner was especially useful when riding too, with the superior cushioning and arch support making the ride way nicer. At one point it started to drizzle while out in the afternoon but again, this was nothing for the shoes, and I made it home with my feet feeling fresh.
Having worn the blue low-top versions of the Shield Canvas sneakers at work all day, I found them comfortable enough to just keep on when I went out at night as well. Thanks to their perforated micro suede liner, the shoes are breathable and don’t feel stuffy after a couple of hours. They proved to be a good style choice and a practical one too because as often happens at bars, there ended up being a couple of spilled drinks, some of which landed on my shoes. As it turns out, not even beer is a problem for these shoes!
With such a classic silhouette but so many modern features, the Shield Canvas range is a real game changer when it comes to sneakers. Normally I would just be thinking about how a pair looks and how comfortable they are, but now there are other features to look out. They’re great for year-round wear and would also be ideal for travelling thanks to their versatility and functional construction. After my first two weeks in the shoes, I’m extremely impressed with how well they’ve performed when wearing them day in, day out. Their comfort’s never faltered and their ability to repel water (and beer) came in super handy.
Check out the full range of Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneakers at Converse.com.au.