Finally, a Pair of Waterproof Chucks That'll Survive a Soaking

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Converse's All Star Chucks have such an iconic design that they can even be paired with a formal suit without fashion critics batting an eye. Unfortunately they're mostly designed for casual wear, nothing adventurous, but that's why Converse is releasing a couple of limited edition pairs that have been upgraded with Polartec fabric that lets the canvas sneakers easily shrug off a soaking.

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The waterproof fabric actually sits between the Converse All Star Chuck '70 Polartec's outer canvas layer and inner lining to keep rain and snow out, while still letting moisture escape so your feet can breathe. You'll actually be able to wear them no matter what the weather's like outside, which is a feature your standard pair of Chucks can't boast.

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However, you will be paying a premium for all-year use. Both the high-top and low-cut versions of the shoe will set you back $110, and only if you're a sneakerfreak with with access to a handful of shoe shops in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Toronto. [Converse via Gear Culture]

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DISCUSSION

Maybe I'm just a total square, but I do not at all understand the appeal of Chuck Taylors.

To me they just seem to be plain, awkward-looking cloth sneakers that provide very little in the way of support or cushioning, and they're not even cheap. There are plenty of shoes out there that are better-looking, more comfortable, and cheaper.