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Converse Jack Purcell® CP Canvas Low Top Reviews

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Customer Fit Survey:

68% "Felt true to size"

86% "Felt true to width"

66% "Moderate arch support"

797 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 10/18/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

If you like the regular Converse All-Stars then you will most likely love the Converse Jack Purcell. The Purcell is both lighter and all around more comfortable than the All-Stars. I have several pairs of Jack Purcells and they are all very comfortable and the fit and finish is consistent. The Purcell runs true to size, unlike the All-Stars. The only downside is that the Purcell is not available in as many colors and styles like the All-Star but hopefully that will change soon. Like I mentioned at the start, if you ever tried a pair of All-Stars, which most people I know have, and liked them then definitely get a pair of Purcells and you will like them just the same, if not more.

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58 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 6/9/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

These were my go-to shoe for almost any outfit, but the white ones that Zappos sent me were not the ones pictured. They were Purcells, but as one other reviewer stated, these aren't the same shoes. The insole is now a tan color, and is not the blue 'suede-feeling' sole that you could so easily go barefoot in...the Jack Purcell logo is no longer present on the tongue. The two eyelets on the inside arch are now put through the rubber. The toe box is longer. The upper is now only one cheap-feeling canvas layer, as is the tongue. The laces are thin and have no metal tips. The Jack Purcell 'smile' is now level with the rubber on the toe, not recessed as before. Not sure if the company was trying to cut costs, but this shoe now feels cheap. I have since returned them and hope I can find a white pair from the better days. I'm disappointed with the changes to this shoe.

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February 13, 2012

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

I love Jack Purcell CPs! Have an old pair in light gray, which is no longer available. Wish you would cary them in more colors; the LP version just isn't the same.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 31, 2012

Valerie

from Columbus, Ohio

I. Love. This. Shoe. It's got more support than the original Chuck and really stinkin' cute too! I wish it came in more colors, because I'd buy them all!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 24, 2012

Anonymous

 

Wow, Zappos! You are incredible! I mean it. I ordered a 10 1/2 but that seemed a little large. Returned after three weeks (indoor wear) and within a week they fully credited my account with a refund in which I purchased a 1/2 size smaller. I received my shoes the next day and they fit perfectly.. And mind you, this was during the week when the infamous hacker compromised 24 million accounts. All I can say is thank you Zappos for an amazing service and awesome shipping policy... Can't ask for anything better.

Brands I'd also recommend: Converse

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January 15, 2012

ET

from Missouri

These are still classics. They remind me of my high school days. I teach high school and my students loved to see them. They wanted to know where I got them. They do run a tad narrow so you might want to up your size a bit. That is not a serious issue, though.

Brands I'd also recommend: Levis, Converse

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 12, 2012

Anonymous

 

Classic shoes. More comfortable than the Chuck Taylors and with basically the same look. The only thing I don't love is the price (since I have fond memories of when they were only $20), but I wear them almost every day and they are a great shoe and a good value all things considered.

Brands I'd also recommend: miss mooz, fluevog

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 9, 2012

Deniece B

from United States

Awesome! Fast delivery and loved the free shipping! Thanks zappos! now i have the perfect anniversary present for my boyfriend. :)

Brands I'd also recommend: Converse

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 7, 2012

Aron D

from Freeland, Mi

I've had these shoes for a month and they are fantastic. As others have commented, they are much more comfortable than the All Star shoe; the upper has more cushioning and there is some extra fabric around the ankle. I was worried that this shoe would be slippery on wet floors (it is hard to see the detail of the sole online) but they have proved to be very good on wet surfaces so far. Great shoe and I would recommend them for someone looking for a comfortable, good looking and understated casual shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 5, 2012

Anonymous

from San Rafael, California

Love the retro look and pretty comfy too. I have a friend who has worn these for years and she washes them in her washing machine regularly; the canvas just keeps getting softer and more broken in.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 5, 2012

Adam J

from Los Angeles

I have many pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, but this black and white Converse Jack Purcell is my first ever Purcell. Wow! They are like 100% times more comfortable than the regular Converse. These Purcells have so much padding, and they are so supportive. I could actually wear them all day, something that I could never do in Converse Chucks. Great shoe!

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony, Vans

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 30, 2011

Joe

from San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly

The shoes fit great! I got them in the mail just as soon as they promised, I will always use Zappos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 26, 2011

Anonymous

 

Purchased for my 17-year-old son. He loves his Converse! They last 4-6 months per pair with everyday wear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 9, 2011

Anonymous

from Ithaca

These were my "go-to" shoes in high school, why did I ever stop wearing them?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 8, 2011

Anonymous

 

These were a gift for my son. He has several pairs of Jack Purcell. He rarely wears anything else, more comfortable than Chuck Taylor.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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November 14, 2011

Richard

from San Francisco

Great shoe! The shoe was generally true to size but a little narrower than similar shoes from other brands, even a little narrower than the Converse Chucks that I own, but not so narrow that it was uncomfortable or unwearable.

Brands I'd also recommend: vans, asics, puma, adidas

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 24, 2010

Anonymous

from San Luis Obispo

These shoes are so cool. They have that killer vintage look and you can dress them up or down. This particular version (CP) is brilliant! A super cushy removable insole does away with that flat foot feeling. You can actually walk in these. Runs true to size for me, however, is a little narrow in the toe box.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 19, 2013

Kevin s

 

I re-discovered Jack Purcells a few years ago and based on the current reviews, I was worried about the changes that Converse has made. I have compared this new pair to an old pair and there are differences. I miss the Jack Purcell signature stitched on the tongue, the most. Without it, the shoes do look pretty basic - lacking that major difference from Chuck Taylors. I thought I would miss the metal tipped shoelaces, but the new laces are a lot thicker and do not come undone constantly. I honestly prefer the insole more to the old one - it is still as comfortable but it feels more cushioned. It does look very generic and I miss the Jack Purcell signature stitched onto it as well (instead of what appears to be screen printed) but it is not that big of a deal. Fm all the negative reviews on Zappos and elsewhere, I was under the impression the shoes were currently made exactly like Chuck Taylors - but that is just not true. They still have the removable insole, they still have the smiley face and if anything the shoes fit a lot better than in the past (I do not have to half size up anymore) I would love it if Converse would put them in the retro box with Jack Purcell himself on the top (that I have seen on the Converse Japan website) or at least include a tag (like you get with high top Chuck Taylors) but oh well. I do agree that Converse has gone downhill since Nike bought the company, but these are my favorite shoes and only hardcore Jack Purcell fans would notice any differences.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 6, 2013

Anonymous

from Midwest-United States

I'm so bummed! NOT ZAPPOS FAULT! Converse changed the design of their Jack Purcell's. I have been wearing this shoe for 30 years. Converse about 5-7 years ago upgraded the Jack Purcell by adding padding on the inside of the tongue and collar. That was a huge plus for the shoe. It's gone now! They changed the insole too. The new insole is thicker and covers up the two grommet ventilation holes on the inside of the arch. No more embroidered Jack Purcell tongue, different rubber logo at the heel and super cheap laces, too! Very disappointed with Converse! My next call is to Converse to ask what in the world they were thinking down grading this iconic shoe.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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December 8, 2012

Andre

from New York City

These have been my main sneakers ever since 8th grade (I'm a junior in college now). I have owned and worn at least 20 pairs of the black low top Jack Purcells. These sneakers go with everything. I absolutely loved these sneakers...but recently the ones being produced by Converse have become very cheap in quality. I assume Converse is trying to cut corners to minimize costs and bring in profit but to abandon loyal customers such as myself is inexcusable. The change that bothers me the most is that the new laces that come with these Jack Purcells today are no longer the durable metal-tip laces that were characteristic of Jack Purcells, these new laces are cheap and get dirty and worn out in a few days. I have to find a new pair of sneakers to replace these as my main pair of sneakers.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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February 20, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

BEWARE! Converse has changed this shoe. No longer has embroidered tongue, laces are cheap without the metal tips, the sidewall has a cheaper construction, and the sole has changed. Don't expect your old Jacks when you purchase these.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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May 21, 2012

Anonymous

from San Diego, CA

The first pair of these I bought about a year or so ago were awesome. They are my favorite daily shoes. I finally wore holes in the sides so I needed to replace them so I ordered a new pair. Wow, what a disappointment. These are not only an inaccurate design, but the quality has taken a dive. Cheap laces without the metal tips. Ventilation holes half covered by the sides of the insole and rubber sides. Toe boxes that are too small. They fit narrower. These things are joke. A shadow of their former selves. Nike has absolutely no respect for the Converse brand. I am sad to say, that these are going back. They suck and unfortunately, I will never be able to wear another pair of these again. Depressing. I hate how corporations ruin my favorite things.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

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May 1, 2014

Anonymous

 

I was holding off replacing my 7 year old Jack Purcell's for as long as I could, due to all of the reviewer's description of Converse's changes to the shoe. I finally purchased a new pair, hoping for the best, and when I received them I was disappointed beyond my expectations. The shoes look even worse than shown! The toe appears elongated, and the cap near the laces is rounded, not flat. The interior logo does not say Jack Purcell, only Converse. The back logo has been changed, and instead of the iconic Jack Purcell logo there is a stamp, already half rubbed off, that says Converse Jack Purcell (no graphic). I loved my old shoes and it is such a shame to see the shoe cheapened to such a shocking degree. Do not buy, you will regret it!

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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April 29, 2014

Anonymous

 

I know there are many negative reviews of these updated Jack Purcell's, but I have to add that these shoes have been ruined in the current design. I honestly knew ahead of time that the trademarks are gone (metal tipped laces, suede interior lining and foot bed, air holes that actually keep the shoe cool vs being completely blocked by the insole) and I actually like the less bulbous toecap on the current model, but these shoes really have been ruined to the point where I (and many others) will never buy them again! My main problem with the current model is the actual 'fit' of the shoe. I lined up the current model with my last remaining pair of originals (that are so worn out that I will sadly have to throw them away) and the new model is a good half inch or more longer. I also compared the insole on each and it is the exact same problem. Speaking of the new insole, Converse really has no class! The new insole appears to be made of the same material as fast food packaging and offers zero support, even when standing in the shoe! I even tried a size down, but the fit was still off...but I have noticed that lately with all Converse.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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March 9, 2013

Edward

from Atlanta, GA

These were a huge Train wreck for the brand! I have owned over 140 pairs of Jack Purcell tennis shoes since the 1970's. Approximately seven years ago they made some tremendous improvements which justified a price increase. Now they have stripped those away and cheapened the shoes back to what they used to be. Plus the fit of the toe cap is completely different causing some irritation when flexed (by taking a step). The shoes are not worth much at all and I am completely dissatisfied with the changes. I will not be back until I see the classic shoes that once were a stable in my casual wardrobe.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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February 13, 2013

Carl R

 

Jack Purcell's used to be advertised with the tag, "Virtually unchanged since the '30s". Not anymore. Converse has ruined this shoe. The suede insole is gone. The padding around the ankle is gone. The padding in the tongue is gone. The Jack Pucell logo on the tongue is gone. The logo on the heel has changed. The logo on the sole has changed. The durable shoelaces with metal aglets are gone. The trademark "smile" is no longer recessed in the toe, but rather applied. For some reason the instep eyelets are now located down partially in the rubber midsole. And the blue version of the shoe now features white stitching. The material and overall feel of the shoe is now flimsy, thin, uncomfortable, and cheap. I don't understand how Converse could take its highest-quality shoe and utterly ruin it. I'd being willing to pay 10 to 20 dollars more per pair to have the Jack Purcell to return to what it was like in 2008 or '09. If you're thinking of buying these shoes, save your money. Just buy a pair of All-Stars and take a marker and draw a smile across the front of each shoe. Because that's basically what you'd be buying here.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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August 3, 2012

EKS

 

Do not buy these. Here is a list of everything Converse changed on these shoes when they updated the style in Spring of 2012. The high quality metal-tipped laces have been replaced with cheap ones like you would get with a pair of All-Stars. The insole is now thinner, lower-quality, and non-removable. The sole has lost the Sperry-like ridges. The vent holes have been moved and are no longer functional. They are now blocked by the insole. The "smile" has been changed. Before it was a cut-out from the extra layer of rubber on the toe. They paint it on now to save money, and have the audacity to describe it as a "toe reinforcement." I have been wearing Jack Purcells for years now, and it is worth saying that some of these changes are simply Converse taking away the upgrades they gave us with the last revision. Prior to 2006 or so, Jack Purcells were nearly identical to All-Stars in terms of cost and construction. At that point they started charging more for them, but they also added the improved laces, sole, and insole, as well as a sock liner. It was not the original, but they were still good shoes. With this latest revision, Converse has kept the premium price, but removed the premium features. What is left are the worst shoes that have ever been called Jack Purcells. I am most upset about the smile though. The smile is gone, and with it, the smiles of Converse customers. I have worn Jack Purcell sneakers for close to a decade now, and I know people who have been wearing them for four times as long. I am telling everyone not to buy them anymore because they are terrible sneakers now, and at the rate they are going, they are only going to get worse over the years. Within my lifetime, Converse has gone from a pillar of consistency and American manufacturing to a shamelessly cost-cutting company. When they were acquired by Nike it was not immediately obvious they were going to start making inferior shoes. It is now. Never again.

Brands I'd also recommend: Sperry Top-Sider, Vans, Keds, and PF Flyers

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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