When it comes to sneakers, nothing quite compares to the classic Converse Chuck Taylor silhouette. The only downside of Chucks has always been its inability to withstand the rain (and snow and sleet and hail). The untreated and completely permeable canvas material has just never held up well in wet conditions, even if you take it upon yourself to wax or waterproof them at home.
Those days of waterlogged sneakers are gone, however, because Converse’s new Chuck 70 Gore-Tex collection has taken care of the sneaker’s biggest flaw by waterproofing them without changing the classic styling and design.
The Converse Chuck 70 Gore-Tex collaboration features everything we love about the regular ole Chuck Taylor All-Stars design, except this release finally gives Chuck fans protection for the colder, wetter months with Gore-Tex water-resistance and lightweight comfort.
The new and improved Chuck 70s feature a weatherproofed lining from heel to toe and a waterproof internal bootie, allowing for easy maneuvering and ultimate protection no matter what element you find yourself in. You won’t have to worry about suffocating your feet either, since the Gore-Tex lining is breathable, too. The collection features five colorways – triple black, white, orange, black with white all-over print, and pink with white all-over print.
Our favorite silhouette from the Converse Chuck 70 Gore-Tex collection is the red and black canvas high-tops ($110), which boast a water repellent canvas upper, stylish printed non-wicking laces, a molded rubber All Star patch, and a gusseted tongue.
On top of that, each sneaker in the collection includes a super-comfortable Ortholite insert, making them an excellent choice to wear all day. Each pair in the Converse Chuck 70 Gore-Tex line (including a low-top version) is now available on the Converse website.
If a water-resistant sneaker isn’t good enough for whatever rain-soaked clime you inhabit, opt instead for one of the season’s best pairs of rubber boots. If those options seem too gimmicky for you, there’s always the option of buying a hefty pair of work boots and slogging through the puddles in those. If all this footwear fails you though, there’s still the old standby: a great umbrella.