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Converse by John Varvatos Reviews

All Star Ox
All Star Ox Posted: 2/5/16
Reviewer: Donna Toms from Huntington Beach CA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

My hubby loves these shoes! They do run narrow, as he has a very long narrow foot and most men's medium width shoes leave his feet sliding around inside them. They are also maybe a half to a full size larger, as he is a size 13, and the 12 fits him perfectly. Nice vintage look with a little pre-scuffed look on the white sidewalls. We got two pairs of the black, and one navy. Then, as one reviewer suggested, went to Nordstrom Rack where he found a grey pair.

Chuck Taylor All Star Reptilian Leather
Chuck Taylor All Star Reptilian Leather Posted: 1/29/16
Reviewer: from Seattle, Wa
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Always order a half size smaller than normal. This is an interesting shoe. It looks a dull black in this picture, but the scales are glossy brownish. It's still a black shoe with some brown tones. I wish it didn't have the gloss, it seems more feminine in my opinion. The insole is a much higher quality one than normally comes with these shoes. It also comes with both cotton and high quality leather laces. Will wear more often if I can reduce the gloss.

Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Ox - Coated Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Ox - Coated Canvas Posted: 1/22/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

This feels about a half size smaller than my pervious pair of Varvatos Chucks. The arch support, while miles better than other Converse products, is still mediocre. Width is narrow, but true to the width that I normally expect from Converse shoes. The coated canvas looks really nice in person and I like the added leather detailing. A bit steep at this price, but I snagged them at Nordstrom Rack for less. They are definitely worth it at that price. I am not sure if I would spring for full retail.

All Star Ox
All Star Ox Posted: 1/20/16
Reviewer: Eli from Oregon
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This shoe was my first pair of Converse in my life. I was not disappointed, I think these may be the most comfortable shoe I own. I’m a life-long Vans buyer and if you like the Chukka-Low I think you would like The Converse By John Varvatos. Great shoe, cool vintage style, my only disappointment is, they don’t come in more color options.

Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Ox - Coated Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Ox - Coated Canvas Posted: 1/8/16
Reviewer: Erin C from OKC, OK
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Being a women's 9½-10 and having slightly wide feet, I can usually wear a men's 7½ in regular chucks. I'm very glad I ordered an 8 in these as they fit differently. They seem a half size smaller and narrow than the regular chucks, so keep that in mind. I was also surprised that there is elastic through the tongue which means you can wear them without laces. I will probably cut the elastic out as it makes them a little snug because I have high arches. The sole is wonderful as well as the padded heel. I did not have to break these in at all and have been walking around New York City in them.

Chuck Taylor All Star Dipped Outsole Hi
Chuck Taylor All Star Dipped Outsole Hi Posted: 1/7/16
Reviewer: Chris from SoCal
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are the bomb. They look even better in person. If you want something unique and different, give these a shot. Not cheap, but worth it.

Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas Posted: 1/7/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

A great pair of shoes. I've been wearing Converse slip-ons for several years now, and these have been great. A bit pricey, but worth the premium as they feel much more solid and are sturdier compared to the non-John Varvatos version. I'd definitely buy these again. The convenience of slip-ons is great and they don't come off too easily. I occasionally play some pick-up basketball games with these shoes on and they've lasted quite well.

Chuck Taylor All Star Double Zip Hi
Chuck Taylor All Star Double Zip Hi Posted: 11/19/15
Reviewer: Justin Y from Boston
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great shoes--excellent fit, comfort, and style. Only complaint I have is the price...but if you can get past that, they're great.

Chuck Taylor All Star Ox
Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Posted: 11/9/15
Reviewer: Emily from New York City
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These John Varvatos Chuck Taylors are awesome! I was not sure about spending so much on a pair of sneakers, but I was looking for something a little nicer than typical sneakers to walk around the streets of New York City, and since Zappos makes it so easy with free shipping and returns, I decided to give them a try. I am so happy that I did - I loved these the second I put them on and did not want to take them off! They are super comfortable, with more padding than most Converse sneakers, and did not require any break-in. They look great with skinny jeans, and are a nice mix between casual sneakers and more stylish shoes - so they work well with anything from a sweatshirt to a leather jacket. I ordered half a size down (I am normally a 7½ in regular shoes/boots, 8 in running sneakers, and ordered a 7 in these), and they fit perfectly.

Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas Posted: 10/19/15
Reviewer: Thomas Walsh from New York City
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these shoes. They run true-to-size in my opinion. I'm usually a size 9 and first ordered an 8.5 per other reviews, but had to return them for my regular 9's which fit perfectly. I never write reviews, but these are incredibly comfortable shoes. If they came in other colors (than black), I'd buy a 2nd pair.

Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas Posted: 10/16/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

I really liked the look of these online but in person they are very cheaply constructed. The sticking that binds the tongue to the sidewall was broken in the box, before wearing. The tongue itself is not properly attached to the shoe and is oddly designed. This shoe could not feel of less quality if they tried. I'm going to return these immediately. I really wanted to like these but I was left disappointed.

Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Vintage Slip-On - Burnished Canvas Posted: 9/18/15
Reviewer: from Stamford, CT
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I typically wear a 10. The Varvatos site recommended a half size smaller. Will return these for a full size smaller, but I'm worried they might be too narrow, and I don't have wide feet.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 9/12/15
Reviewer: RMBrock from Washington, DC
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm here to comment on the fit. It's a sharp looking shoe and you either like it or you don't! I generally wear a size 10. I followed the advice of the sales rep and ordered a 9.5 which does, in fact, fit more like a 10 -- though a bit snug in the toe. I'm hoping the toe loosens up, as a size 10 would definitely fit too loosely. Overall, the unbroken-in shoe is not terribly uncomfortable. I was able to wear the shoes for a full day without the snug toe being overly bothersome.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 8/20/15
Reviewer: Leonard LaPointe from Tallahassee, FL
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Prompt response and delivery of these cool kicks. A stray thread or two on the stitching, but overall these are a quality product.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 8/2/15
Reviewer: Dale k from Denver
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fantastic shoe! Nordstrom is sold out. Zappos is the only place to find them. They run about a size too big.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 6/12/15
Reviewer: Jason Reyes from Astoria, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I was searching everywhere for this shoe, all over online stores and brick and mortar converse shops. Zappos had exactly what I was looking for and it shipped.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 5/15/15
Reviewer: from Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are really the perfect summer shoe. Why spend more for the Varvatos Chucks? These use a much more comfortable and supportive insole, and the general quality of the shoe seems higher than the standard version. Great padding and arch support (which is non-existent in regular Chucks). I was happy with this style because the white isn't the goofy neon white of a new tennis shoe, and the design is unassuming but cool. Perfect for wearing with shorts without socks. I've gotten to the point where I just buy a new pair every summer and wear them out. I wear a size 9 in these, which is equivalent to a 9.5 in most shoes and a 10 in a Nike size. If you're planning on wearing without socks, definitely shoot for a smaller size.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 4/29/15
Reviewer: from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Others have said it, but you should buy a whole size smaller than your usual shoe size for all Chuck Taylors, including these. I gave the style 2 stars because I personally don't like the burnished style from John Varvatos; I want him to bring back the standard clean Chucks with white cap-toe and have these as another option. I will "season" them myself, thanks. I like the quality materials you get with his versions, so it's hard to go back to regular Chucks.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 4/9/15
Reviewer: Carol Goodson from Atlanta metro
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fit perfect and my Dad (age 88) loves them -- and he is very hard to please! I notice that he wears them every time he goes out now.

All Star Zip Scratched Leather
All Star Zip Scratched Leather Posted: 3/27/15
Reviewer: Debra Reese from United States
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These are surprisingly uncomfortable. They squeeze my fore foot together like a bad high heel, it's so narrow. Ouch! Going back.

Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas
Chuck Taylor All Star Burnished Canvas Posted: 3/10/15
Reviewer: Ivan R from Miami
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I just wanted to change my shoes as they aré big. In all other brands I use 8.5US but this are really big. I've bought before other paír of shoes and dídn't have Any problem with the size. How can I change this? I am from Argentina. Is there Any way to do it from hére or Shall I wait until someone goes to USA?

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