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Do any of y'all wear Converse All Stars running?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM

  1. I don't have money to buy VFF.
  2. I have a pair of high-top converse all-stars.
  3. Nails, shards of glass, etc. litter my only running areas, thus, I am not going barefoot running - especially since I go in the early morning, when it is dark.

Have any of y'all run in these? Any qualms against it?

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:55 PM

Addendum: during non-winter months I use sandals I made using Vibram Cherry soling material and the strapping system from an old pair of Teva sandals. No padding, very flexible, and my feet don't sweat.

Acfd35c9e350bb4c0c17810af4decd95

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:50 PM

During the winter I wear All Star knockoffs I get from Walmart for $15. The soles are very flexible yet protect one's feet from the worst of debris. My current pair has a bit over 100 miles on them and are looking somewhat tattered but they accomplish the job. I figure they will last one more winter. At $15 for two winters of running, the price is definitely right.

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:05 PM

Oh, yeah, tartare. That's a killer for VFF. Maybe if you weren't such a freak??? ;) Allie, yes, they seem to last for a while. I got the cheapest pair, the KF Treks or something like that, and I've ONLY worn those since I bought them last August, worn them for every purpose. I've tossed 'em in the washer and drier a dozen times, too. Still in awesome condition. The running store owner told me that some marathoners run and train in them, and they've gotten mileage in the thousands out of a single pair.

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on April 28, 2011
at 11:41 AM

Thanks for the comment Becker, I'll look into getting a pair ... do they last a long time? I don't want to need to purchase some every year ...

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on April 28, 2011
at 11:40 AM

Why was this question down voted ... I don't get it ...

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on April 28, 2011
at 02:09 AM

well the Adidas only work if you have, like, 15 years to break them in properly ;) VFF are awesome, its true, but i want them to 1. make em for weirdos like me whose second toe is the longest one and 2. get rid of the pinky toe/next toe over split... i find it kind of annoying.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Dude, glass shards in the foot build character. And Hepatitis A... which in turn builds more character. Win-win. tartare, I've never tried those Adidas, but the VFFs pretty much obliterated from my mind the notion of ever wearing conventional shoes again. What a ridiculous piece of engineering...

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:21 AM

upvoted because i always found them surprisingly uncomfortable too, and they seemed too stiff. I have a pair of vibrams and I love them for hiking, but i don't run much, never been a big runner so can't address that. I also have a very, very beat up pair of Adidas Sambas and those are way closer to a comfortable "barefoot feel", i adore those shoes.

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:18 AM

That may fly back in Bloomington...but easier said than done in the L.E.S.!

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on April 28, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I think it depends greatly on the width of your foot. You want to be able to spread out your toes for balance and to help disperse the shock of your foot strike. Chucks have a thin sole, but they are very narrow, especially in the toe area.

I swear by my VFFs! I've been running in them for a year now and I'll never wear normal shoes again for running and hiking. They have strengthened my feet and ankles and improved my overall balance. They've actually toned my feet visibly and decreased my shoe size. Plus, they look like ninja shoes. Totally badass.

If you can comfortably wear chucks and control the spread of your toes, great! Otherwise, I think there are a ton of inexpensive thin soled shoes to choose from until you can afford VFFs. I haven't tried Ted's Luna Sandal, but something like that would be super easy to make in a pinch.

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D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:19 AM

Hell no. I can barely get through a day walking around in those suckers with out my feet hurting let alone do athletics. Run in traditional running shoes over the converse.

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Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Up until a year or so ago, I had worn these suckers for years.

They were friggin' terrible for comfort, ESPECIALLY for athletic purposes, but you can't beat how awesome they look. I remember playing football (American football, dammit) in them a lot and having absurdly sore calves and tender shins for days afterwards. I've never been a distance runner, really, so I can't speak to that, but my sore calves and shins suggest that the biomechanics of Chucks are pretty awful for anything involving running. Same thing for my cross-training shoes... the ones designed for running. sigh. Regardless, give it a shot and see if the same holds true for you.

VFFs are expensive, but they're worth the cash. I've had my pair for 9 months, and I haven't worn anything else since I made the purchase. Hell, I went to my dental school interview in them. It was an awesome conversation starter. Sprinting, football, frisbee, hiking, day-to-day use... nothing phases these suckers. I know that doesn't help you too much since you said cash in an issue, but just saying :)

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on April 28, 2011
at 02:09 AM

well the Adidas only work if you have, like, 15 years to break them in properly ;) VFF are awesome, its true, but i want them to 1. make em for weirdos like me whose second toe is the longest one and 2. get rid of the pinky toe/next toe over split... i find it kind of annoying.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:21 AM

upvoted because i always found them surprisingly uncomfortable too, and they seemed too stiff. I have a pair of vibrams and I love them for hiking, but i don't run much, never been a big runner so can't address that. I also have a very, very beat up pair of Adidas Sambas and those are way closer to a comfortable "barefoot feel", i adore those shoes.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:05 PM

Oh, yeah, tartare. That's a killer for VFF. Maybe if you weren't such a freak??? ;) Allie, yes, they seem to last for a while. I got the cheapest pair, the KF Treks or something like that, and I've ONLY worn those since I bought them last August, worn them for every purpose. I've tossed 'em in the washer and drier a dozen times, too. Still in awesome condition. The running store owner told me that some marathoners run and train in them, and they've gotten mileage in the thousands out of a single pair.

Cf626d3fba66c18297b3f1116a920e58

(3417)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Dude, glass shards in the foot build character. And Hepatitis A... which in turn builds more character. Win-win. tartare, I've never tried those Adidas, but the VFFs pretty much obliterated from my mind the notion of ever wearing conventional shoes again. What a ridiculous piece of engineering...

Medium avatar

(5639)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:18 AM

That may fly back in Bloomington...but easier said than done in the L.E.S.!

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on April 28, 2011
at 11:41 AM

Thanks for the comment Becker, I'll look into getting a pair ... do they last a long time? I don't want to need to purchase some every year ...

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:03 PM

I wouldn't run many miles in them, but I use them to just play around (tag, water gun fight, kickball, etc.) they don't have enough cushion or impact protection, so your legs would probably start hurting after a couple of days.. But again, just messing around or just walking around in them is perfectly fine (for me at least). Hope this helps! :)

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on February 21, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Terribly late to the thread but: I run in old Converse All Star high tops that are so worn out they're like canvas moccasins.

I find they're the best, cheapest thing that can go back and forth from lifting and squatting to running, and my legs hurt much less than when trying to run in shoes with all kinds of sole features.

I ran a 3k in them, no issues.

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on April 28, 2011
at 05:16 AM

http://www.simpleshoes.com/

I have a pair of those off amazon (They were literally like 8$ on sale at the time) and they've worked out well for me. Flat enough without giving me the trouble chucks ever did. I also like that they're recycled and have bike tires for soles, but I'm from Portland, OR, so the bike love runs deep.

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on April 28, 2011
at 03:03 AM

I've run in both Chucks and VFFs and I had to give them both up for that purpose. I guess my feet are just too old and need a little more padding, but I would just get the worst arch pain on longer runs. I wore the VFFs for the Tough Mudder in NJ and had to walk the last 5 miles because my right knee just gave out. I've moved on to the New Balance Minimus, which I really like so far for the gym--they're still generally minimal, just not AS minimal. But I haven't been on a trail run or a run longer than 800M in them yet, so it remains to be seen how well they'll work.

I liked my Chucks for Olympic lifting, but I'll probably end up moving to a true lifting shoe soon as well.

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on April 28, 2011
at 02:06 AM

I do most of my running in cheap aqua/pool shoes. My current pair was $6 at Walmart. They're extremely flexible and light, and are totally flat. I've tried on Vibrams but I just can't justify spending 15 - 20 times as much. The only thing I don't like, and this applies to Chuck Taylors as well, is that I wish they were wider in the forefoot. Not that I care, but they also look a lot more normal.

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I run in my chucks when I run with a weighted vest on a gravel track. I found that by going down a size and leaving them very loose on the lower half of the laces made a huge difference in fit. You have to focus on your form, and I would suggest being proficient in a mid-foot strike style of running beforehand.

There is a post by Al Kavadlo about running the Brooklyn Half Marathon in Vans slip-ons. I think it's a matter of personal preference. link text

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:32 AM

I don't know. However, if you are looking for something that is "flat" they are your best "cheap" shoe. Generally speaking you want to deadlift in shoes that are flat as possible. Some people deadlift bare-footed, however, many powerlifters (including Louis Simmons) swear by those canvas Converse All-Stars.

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