The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is arguably Converse’s most innovative shoe to date. This model features core Converse CX features with additional FlyEase technology, a technology that has been used in Nike, Jordan, and now Converse shoes.
As a longtime fan of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes for both daily wear and lifting, I was super excited to invest in and review the FlyEase model. A slip-on shoe with a Converse vibe? Count me in.
The Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is definitely an interesting shoe. This shoe is comfortable and it has a wide range of inclusivity, which is awesome for the Converse shoe line. I do have a couple of cons with this model and I’ll discuss those below.
In this Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, I’m going to cover a handful of topics to help you decide if this shoe is worth investing in for your needs.
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Who Should Invest In the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase?
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is a good shoe for the diehard Converse fan in need of a casual slip-on model. I could see this model being best for anyone who needs a daily driver or a shoe to slip on and take off quickly.
More specifically, I think if you often find traditional Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes to be a little uncomfortable for all-day wear, then the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase may be a good option to explore.
The CX foam in this shoe’s sole and insole also give this model a responsive and comfortable ride for longer walks and standing. The FlyEase technology in the heel is also great for those who may not find it feasible to lace and unlace their shoes every time they put them on.
All that being said, I’m not blown away by the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, to be honest. It has some cool niche features, so if you resonate with this model’s unique build, then they could be worth it, but for $90 USD, I find them to be just “okay” overall.
Chuck Taylor All Star Flyease
- Casual Wear
- General Comfort
- For Wide Feet
Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase Pros
As a fan of the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the FlyEase model was definitely a change from what I’m used to. With this shoe, I found a few pros that I really enjoy.
- Great for Not Dealing With Laces
- Comfortable for Walking, Standing, and All-Day Wear
- Stretch Canvas and FlyEase Tech Work Well Together
The first thing to like about the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is the exact reason why I think most will be exploring this model. If you’re like me and want days where you don’t have to mess with shoe laces, then the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is worth looking into.
Converse shoes are notorious for their often frustrating lacing systems, and they’re shoes that constantly need to be unlaced and laced to get them on. Needless to say, if you need to throw shoes on quick, then Converse is rarely anyone’s first choice.
The FlyEase heel technology is also nice for expanding the inclusivity of this shoe’s reach. On that note, FlyEase tech, which is now offered in Converse, Jordan, and Nike models, has been an awesome technology for increasing various shoe lines’ inclusivity.
The second aspect to like about the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is their overall comfort. Since Nike bought Converse, their shoes have been getting progressively more cushioned and comfortable.
This change started with a reworked and updated insole but has since expanded to Converse’s new CX shoe line, which the FlyEase model falls in. This updated shoe line features shoes with stretch canvas uppers, CX foam soles, and a CX foam insole.
The blend of these features gives the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase a comfier fit and feel for longer walks, standing, and all-day wear. I think most will enjoy the ride that this model offers especially if you’re often finding that the traditional Chuck Taylor All Stars can get a little uncomfortable.
The final aspect to like about this model, which I briefly touched on above, is the stretch canvas upper and FlyEase technology and how they blend together. I like the stretch canvas because after about 2-weeks it starts to break in and form-fit the foot really well.
In the traditional Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the canvas doesn’t stretch nearly to the same degree and it’s a nice touch when added with the FlyEase technology.
When slipping the feet into these shoes I feel as though the stretch canvas is a must to ensure this model works properly, so I enjoy the blending of these two niche construction components.
Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase Cons
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is definitely an interesting shoe with some cool niche features, but that doesn’t mean it’s unflawed. Below are a couple of my cons with this shoe.
- They Run Narrow With Limited Upper Volume
- Long-Term Durability Could Be An Issue
My first con with the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is that this shoe runs fairly narrow through the midfoot and forefoot. Width is often an issue folks have with Converse shoes, and the All Star FlyEase is no exception.
I have a neutral width foot and I feel fairly cramped in this model’s toe box. I could definitely see this shoe being problematic for those with wide feet or flatter feet.
For wide feet and anyone that wants a wider toe box to promote full toe splay, I’d suggest passing on this Converse iteration. I think even if you size up in this model you’ll lack the width you desire.
Another drawback that I could see others having with this shoe is the long-term durability of the sole construction. As opposed to featuring a rubber outsole and sole, this shoe uses CX foam as its core sole component.
If you’re wearing these outdoors a lot on concrete or using them for all-day wear on hot days, then I could this construction element being problematic long-term. This foam can scuff a bit, especially on surfaces where high friction is possible.
Outside of this, the rest of the shoe should be fine with durability. I think it would be cool if Converse added a thin rubber layer to this shoe’s sole to protect the CX foam from breaking down as it would prolong your $90 USD investment.
Something else to note about this model is that the white colorway’s heel can get pretty dirty relatively fast, especially if your feet are dirty on the bottom when putting them in. I wish I would have gone with the black colorway for this reason.
To discuss the performance of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, I’m going to break down how this shoe performs in different daily and casual wear contexts.
Since this shoe is designed to be a model for daily wear, I didn’t lift or train in this Converse as I do with my normal Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Tops.
Testing the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase for Walking
For walking, I like the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase for the most part. The longest I’ve walked in this shoe for my testing was right around four miles and overall they were pretty comfortable.
I find that my traditional Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes start to get uncomfortable after about two miles due to their firmer sole construction. The CX foam insole and sole both do a good job at giving you a nice level of cushion which is a welcomed change for longer walks.
I also like that this shoe’s sole does a pretty good job with maneuverability. The rubber soles in normal Converse can be a little stiff and they take a while to break in, but with the FlyEase model, they started to feel more mobile after about two weeks of wearing them.
I think for anyone that wants a low-top Converse with more cushion for longer walks, then the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase can be a good option to explore. The fact that these are slip-on shoes that don’t have heel slip due to their padded collar is also a nice added perk.
Testing the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase for Standing
In the context of standing, the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase is pretty good, especially if your feet align well with this shoe’s shape and build. More specifically, this shoe can be a good option for standing for two key reasons.
First, I like the zero-drop construction of this shoe and how it’s easy to avoid shifting your weight when standing in this model. In models like the Allbirds Wool Runners, I constantly find myself shifting back and forth due to their higher heel-to-toe drop.
While shifting one’s weight while standing isn’t something that I think will bother everyone, I do like this shoe in this context. Similar to other zero-drop models this shoe gives you a nice even base to stand on without putting the foot into plantar flexion.
Second, I like the CX foam insole and sole construction and how they walk a good line between giving you a nice layer of cushion and support. For example, if you’re on your feet working all day and standing a lot, then I could see this shoe (and the other CX models) being a good option to look into.
Testing the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase for Different Seasons
Regarding use in different seasons, the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase should be a fairly good all-season shoe. I wear my Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes pretty much all year round and I plan to do the same in the FlyEase model.
The stretch canvas upper provides a fair amount of warmth and with their lower volume and form-fitting nature, I think they’ll help provide an adequate level of warmth for most in the winter months.
In warmer months, this shoe feels just okay and I’ve been wearing them barefoot and testing them with super-thin no-show socks. To be honest, I wouldn’t hate if this shoe ran a little cooler. I think adding some ventilation to this model would be awesome for keeping the feet cooler on hot days.
On top of this shoe being a little warmer, I’m also not super keen on the CX foam sole and its durability in rainy settings. I’m interested to see how this sole holds up after months of wear once we all have more data points. Honestly, I think if you want this shoe to last longer, I’d suggest not wearing them in wet settings.
Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase Sizing
On the Converse site, they write that the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase runs a half-size large. I found this to be true and went with a half size down for this model and they fit well to an extent.
Typically with Converse shoes, I’ll size down a half size because they’re fairly notorious for running a little long compared to other models. I’m traditionally a 10 and went with a 9.5 in this model and the length was good, but the width was limiting.
For narrow and neutral width feet which air on the side of narrow, sizing down a half-size is definitely the call regarding proper sizing and fit.
Despite following Converse’s sizing suggestion, I found this shoe to feel more narrow through the forefoot compared to my normal Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top shoes, and I think this could be an issue for anyone with wider feet.
More specifically, I think even if you size up, you’ll find that this model feels narrow. Plus, going up sizes will leave you with a lot of room at the end of your toe box which could give these shoes an odd fit or clown-like look.
- Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase Sizing Thoughts: Go a half size down, but the shoe is fairly narrow.
If you have additional sizing and fit questions on the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, drop a comment below and I can try to help you out accordingly.
For the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, you can expect to pay $90 USD. Compared to other Converse shoes, this is one of the more pricey models on the market and I feel like their price is pretty hit or miss.
For novelty, I get the price for the most part. This shoe utilizes a lot of niche construction features and comes with a different spin compared to the traditional Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes and Converse CX sneakers.
If you’re buying these solely for their unique FlyEase technology, then I think the price is fair because they are what I would as a “one-of-a-kind” and “first” for Converse shoes.
That being said, if you’re not interested in the FlyEase technology and just want a slightly comfier Converse, then I’d suggest opting for one of the other Converse CX sneakers. These provide an equal amount of comfort and cost a little less.
Chuck Taylor All Star Flyease
- Casual Wear
- General Comfort
- For Wide Feet
Below, I’m outlined some of the construction details that come along with the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase. This shoe’s construction is pretty interesting and it’s definitely one of the most unique Converse I’ve worn to date.
- Heel-to-Toe Drop: 0mm
- Weight: 10.70 oz (for my size 10 model)
- Removable Insole: Yes
- CX Foam Insole
- CX Foam Sole (phylon)
- Stretch Canvas Upper
- FlyEase Technology (TPE Heel Cage)
- Foxing Tape Cover Over Sole
If you have additional construction-related questions about the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, drop a comment below and I can try to answer whatever you have.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q:What is the Converse CX?
Q:Do the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase run large?
Q:How do you clean Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase?
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase has been the most unique Converse I’ve worn and reviewed to date. This model is interesting, and for the most part, I really enjoy the innovation Converse is trying to bring with this model.
For slip-on shoe convenience and comfort, I think the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase can be a good shoe for anyone wanting a daily wear model.
My main gripes with this model include its narrow fit and I’m concerned with this shoe’s long-term sole durability.
If you have additional questions on the Chuck Taylor All Star FlyEase, drop a comment below or reach out to me personally via Instagram (@jake_boly or @that_fit_friend).
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