When it comes to shoe projects, Converse All Stars is a brand we love to mod. Originally created in 1917 as basketball shoes, “Chucks” (nicknamed after basketball player Chuck Taylor) quickly caught on to become one of the most popular shoe brands of all time. It’s their playful shape, easy-to-cut canvas, accessibility, and relative low cost that make these sneakers the most fun to hack. So try the following fabric swap or knitted Chuck project and consider yourself a Converse crafter.
I bought my first pair of All Stars about a year ago and wore them almost constantly, until they finally fell apart. In the end it was only my girlfriend’s nagging (and eventually her putting them in the bin) that tore them away from me.
All of my Converse sneakers eventually fall apart in the same way – the fabric in the back rips away from the sole, but the rubber itself is fine. Shortly after realizing this, I rescued a pair from the rubbish and started pulling them apart, trying to work out how I could create a pattern for them with new fabric. Here’s what I came up with.