September 30, 2017

Converse All Star: Legit or Counterfeit


I always wanted to own a pair of Converse All Star. After a long delay of owning one, I finally got one.

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This kind of shoes is one of the famous and common in town. This is also widely imitated. But how can you determine if the one you are buying is genuine or fake?

Here are some tips to determine if your Converse All Star is genuine or counterfeit.

Packaging
Of course, this should come in a Converse packaging. Some have paper stuffing or tissues on it. Signs of being fresh is also noticeable compared to counterfeits.

Shoe Size Label and Tongue

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
Real ones have the “MADE IN” at the top of the label and a QR code on the bottom right part. 

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck TaylorCheck also the stitches around the tongue. It should be even and not loose.

Chuck Taylor Patch

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
A legit Chuck Talor has only one color, navy blue. An original has a stamp of a star and Chuck Taylor signature only. This should be printed clear and neat. The color must not smudge even faded. Items made before 2008 has a ® under the All Star logo whereas units manufactured after 2008 have not.

Toe Cap and Pinstripe

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
The rubber toe cap should be straight parallel to the bottom laces and must be made of solid rubber. The pinstripe printed on the edge of the sole should be crisp, smooth, and evenly printed.

Sole and Insole

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
Insole

Converse All Star, Original Converse, Converse, Chuck Taylor
Dot on the sole
Original pairs have one small dot on one side of the sole. The insole of legit one has a “CONVERSE” that is plainly and sharply printed with hard space between each letter.

Heel Logo

Heel Logo
Genuine has an either “ALL STAR” (before 2008) or “CONVERSE ALL STAR” (After 2008) texts on the heel logo.

Price and Source
A pair of authentic Converse is normally sold worldwide between $50 to $100 and manufactures in either Indonesia, China, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, or Malaysia.

Have you already checked if your pair is Genuine or Counterfeit?