Podiatrists Say Chuck Taylors Are Nothing More Than ‘Glorified Socks’

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone in the United States who doesn’t know what a Chuck Taylor is.

A Chuck Taylor is no longer a man, but a shoe named after the man who made it the immensely popular wardrobe staple — the Coca-Cola of shoes. But they haven’t got the best reputation for good support to your feet.

Originally called the All Star, it was Converse’s first athletic shoe launched in 1917 and induced tremendously popular by Mr. Taylor( an athlete himself who also had such a knack for getting basketball pros to wear the shoe on the court that the company subsequently renamed it after him in 1932 ).

Unidentified fans and teammates rush onto tribunal to congratulate Philadelphia Warriors Wilt Chamberlain onMarch 2, 1962, after he scored his 100 th phase for an NBA record.

Wilt Chamberlain scored his 100 -point game in their own homes. And non-athletes took them off the court: Tommy Ramone rebelled against the establishment at CBGB in them. Hailee Steinfeld wears them on the red carpet.

Ice Cube wears them but makes a very good point: “It’s crazy to think that them basketball cats played in Chuck Taylors. I get Chucks in my suitcase right now, but that shit gives you flat feet.” And he’s not alone in that sentiment.

So Chucks are an affordable, stylish shoe that women and men alike can wear to work or on dates with everything from a suit to a dress and anything in between. But what do podiatrists — you know, actual doctors who want you to live your best life — think about them?

Dr. Alex Kor, the president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, told HuffPost that the most important feature in any shoe is the shank , the supportive structure between the heel and the toe. “Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank, ” said Kor.

You can test your shoe’s shank by bending it, he told, and the more rigid a shoe’s shank, the “less likely[ you are] to have foot pain. I cannot stress this enough.”

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Rocky Balboa wore Chucks.

Dr. Leslie Campbell, a podiatrist are stationed in Allen, Texas, considers Chucks nothing more than a “glorified sock without sufficient support or stability and minimal to no shock absorption. For those who have no particular foot complaints( ache ), they are designed for the consumer put forward by manner and tendencies , not the individual seeking foot health.”

For the most part, Chuck Taylors are “inherently very flat shoes and offer minimal arch subsistence or cushioning, ” Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told HuffPost, adding that they can lead to archway ache, heel pain and even tendinitis. “This type of shoe can be improved by wearing a custom insole, such as an orthotic, or an off-the-shelf insert or insole. Without an additional insole, these shoes are not well suited to the working day use for most people.”

Kor agreed, quoting original Chucks’ “very flexible shank[ which] would not be ideal for someone strolling for eight to 10 hours per day, ” and points to Converse’s recently released Chuck Taylor II, which has a “more stable shank” and a remodeled interior and sole to provide better arch support.

Still, Kor said, “I’m not remain convinced that I would suggest them for Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell . … It is absolutely amazing that[ Russell and Chamberlain] were able to complete an NBA season without sustaining major foot problems.”

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