Converse trainers are an iconic shoe given the fact that they seem to symbolize rebellion and youth regardless of the fashion style that you tend to follow. In the nineties Kurt Cobain made them popular as a piece of grunge culture while at the same time the NWA made them an instrumental piece of hip hop fashion. In the last few months pop stars Miley Cyrus and Rihanna have been seen in Converse, but they are also almost always on the feet of rappers like Wiz Khalifa or Lil Wayne.
If a rock band can truly support their name it is likely someone has a pair of Converse on their feet at all times and even Kristen Stewart is not afraid to match a designer gown to a pair of Converse at red carpet events. It seems that Converse shoes translate to all fashion styles and it is the people that put the final trend stamp on them. Of course, the debate among those that wear Converse is whether they look best worn out and dirty or crisp and clean out of the box.
When Rihanna wears sneakers, she wears box fresh black or white Converse. Converse enthusiasts speculate on the best way to keep them looking new and people have some weird and wonderful ways of cleaning them. One way to keep them clean is to wrap them in a pillow case and put them in the washing machine on a cool wash with some whitener – when the wash finishes stuff some newspaper into the Converse while their drying to keep the shape. To clean the rubber parts of them use tooth paste – apply to an old toothbrush and scrub to remove any marks, wash the toothpaste off with a wet cloth. Alternatively, create a paste with white vinegar and baking soda then apply to the shoe using an old toothbrush, this should clean up white Converse and get them looking new.
Kirsten Stewart likes her Converse to have a worn in look, this can be achieved in several different ways. For the worn in look take them to a high brick wall that has a rough texture – repeatedly throw them off the wall to make them look scuffed and worn in. For an even dirtier look wear them while walking through a puddle – once they have dried off the box fresh white should have disappeared. Another way to achieve a worn in look is take some sand paper and rub gently over the pumps, wear the shoes out for the next few days afterwards and the dirt will stick to the newly created rough areas easily, giving them a vintage appearance.
To pick up a pair of white Converse All Stars check out http://www.usc.co.uk/converse