This may or may not turn into a series on fundamentals.
His flickrstream is a prime source for “geek celebrity” fashion successes and blunders. His laughing squid blog is rather good too.
DFOF is a big fan of the Converse Chuck Taylor. He is not totally convinced about the rather lurid colour scheme shown above. Perhaps they signify support for a sports team? Or they were in the deeply discounted section of the shop? Or are they being worn for a big bet?
Nevertheless the classic Converse All-Star should be part of the geek wardrobe.
A bit of history, enter stage left, Wikipedia.
Chuck Taylor All-Stars are canvas and rubber shoes produced by Converse. They were first produced in 1917 as the “All-Star”, Converse’s attempt to capture the basketball shoe market. They were not particularly popular until basketball player Chuck Taylor adopted them as his preferred shoe. He was so impressed with the design that he became the shoe’s leading salesman. After proposing a few changes to the shoe, the shoe got its current name and Chuck Taylor’s signature on its ankle patch.
Converse now is a subsidiary of Nike, so those that wear them as a protest against the evils of global capitalism etc are well and truly deluding themselves. One can however, buy a pair as part of the excellent and worthy (PRODUCT) RED programme, though DFOF suggests one avoids plastering the RED logo all over the said custom shoe. The aging punks amongst us could, one supposes, get a pair of these.
DFOF is a recent convert and only owns one pair of high tops. He is likely to buy more though, as they are a) comfortable b) rather cool c)timeless d) design icon e) very cheap.
Serious Fashionistas wear them too, but don’t let this put you off.
BTW. DFOF seeks guest posters to write about jeans. Levi 501’s good or evil? discuss, with photographic evidence.