I got my first pair of chucks at the mall one day because I needed some shoes badly. I'm one of those people who keep their shoes until they are pretty much destroyed which is why I decided to get chucks because I heard they were pretty durable. I finally decided on the hi ones in classic black and white since they go with almost everything. Long story short I'm on my third pair of chucks but now in a brown and low. They could last forever if you take care of them well and avoid water at all costs. They are so comfortable I would use my old ones for P.E. The other month I even bought some Vans thinking they would be comfortable boy was I wrong. I suppose the only thing Vans are good for is the grip and switched back to my converse for which I will never abandon again. Nowadays you can even customize your own converse with different colors and even a personalized id on the heel. If you need an everyday shoe I would definitely suggest these Converse All stars.