Get Yourself Some Converse Jack Purcell’s
Behold, my own personal collection of Jack Purcell Converse. I admit, a couple pairs are in storage and missing from the photo, but these are definitely the essentials.
Starting from the top-left, you have the John Varvatos slip-ons in black and white ($95), the two pairs on the top-right are custom color combinations I ordered from converse.com ($70), and the bottom row consists of the Jack Purcell CP ($55) in blue, white, and black.
A little background… Jack Purcell was a Canadaian badminton player. He designed this shoe in 1935, and it was later produced by Converse starting in the 70s.
Jack Purcell’s are an extremely versatile casual shoe. I wear them with jeans, pants, and shorts. I don’t personally care for the sneakers with suit look, but if you’re into that, a clean pair of JP’s is probably your best bet.
I even wore my all white pair (bottom-middle) with John Varvatos pants to a (casual) wedding in Mexico last year. Jack Purcell’s can be worn with or without socks. If you do wear socks, I strongly suggest very low cut ankle style socks (these are what I wear).
There are a number of ways you can obtain your much needed Jack Purcell’s: