In the early ‘90s, Kurt Cobain, one of rock’s most prolific songwriters and reluctant successes, raised the profile of the underground grunge movement. In the process, he changed his generation and left a legacy of songs that continue to inspire generations to come.
What’s more, he did it all in Converse Chucks.
Since their release in 1917, little has changed about Converse Chuck Taylors. Despite the shoe’s association with musical subculture, it started life in basketball—a sport of which Chuck Taylor, himself, was an avid fan. The understated nature of Chucks was tantamount to their appeal for the grunge kids of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. In a reaction to the flashy aesthetic of the ‘80s, championed by the cheap, the durable and the comfortable, grungy teens donned these shoes to stick it to the proverbial man.
Cobain was at the forefront of this new wave of Chuck aficionados; it’s even rumoured (on a more morbid note) that he died in a pair of Chucks. Scuffed and distressed, just like Nirvana’s band image, Kurt’s Chucks regularly appeared in music videos, photo shoots and live performances alike.