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On the Fourth of July, nothing beats Chuck Taylors.
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On the Fourth of July, nothing beats Chuck Taylors.
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When it comes to Fourth of July dressing, I try to steer clear of red, white and blue items and channel American style icons instead. But the one Americana item I couldn't resist was these high-top Chuck Taylors. 

With stripes on the side and stars on the tongue and heel, the sneakers are a cool embodiment of the American Flag. They're not too over the top, meaning I can wear them with white jeans or a some Levi's cut-offs for a subtle nod to our country.

Chuck Taylor in 1921 Photo: North Carolina State University

Chuck Taylor in 1921 Photo: North Carolina State University

Plus, I think the history behind the shoe gives it a little more meaning. The Converse All Star high-top sneaker was released in 1917, and by 1921 the brand was sponsoring a basketball team called The Converse All Stars. A player on the team, Chuck Taylor, liked the All-Star shoe so much, he convinced Converse to hire him to make refinements on the design. By 1923 his name was on the label, and in 1932 the brand renamed the shoe the Chuck Taylor All-Star. 

Taylor was a Converse salesman for over 30 years, who famously traveled America in a white Cadillac selling the shoes out of his trunk. To this day, 600 million pairs of the shoes have been sold. If that's not the American dream, I don't know what is. 

Converse Chuck Taylor Stars and Bars, $60 at Converse.com

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