It’s the age-old question: do people actually hate Comme des Garçons Play Converse Chuck Taylors? Or does everyone just think they do?

Informally or more commonly known and referred to as “the heart shoes”, the love heart-adorned Converse have had a pretty controversial wrap over the years.

First coming into existence in 2009, it wasn’t the first time that Comme des Garçons (CdG) had collaborated with a sneaker brand, but upon its release it was anticipated as their best to ever come into creation.

Not only did the CdG diffusion line, Play, put their iconic love heart logo on the sides of the shoes, they also made a number of low key changes which can be noticed all over the shoe, for example, removing the contrast stitching. The shoe became a minimalist’s dream.

Over the years, across multiple releases and varying iterations, many have continued to hate on the shoes for thinking that CdG did nothing but stick a love heart on a pair of Chuck Taylors, and as a result, allowing them to become ubiquitous both inside and outside of the streetwear world. And furthermore, becoming an icon of the brand that many of its loyal followers don’t feel is an appropriate match.

Last month Travis Scott took to Instagram rocking a pair of “love heart shoes” in the classic black colourway. And of course the comments revealed some pretty interesting intel.

There were those commenters who pulled the classic, “Why would you wear those?” and of course there were countless comments from people saying “Cdg converse finna go up”, as well as, “Watch everybody about to go get cdg chucks again”, but the Travis Scott influence is another topic for another day.

What the post did reveal was that the shoe still continues to divide opinions. Even though generally speaking, the shoe isn’t a whole lot easy to buy, they’re still not uncommon to see out and about. So the question is, are they beaters or are they grails? Maybe it’s the confusion that’s got everyone’s knickers in a knot.

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