Indonesian Chucks and American Chucks Compared

I have gotten E-mail from a number of people who said, "I'm not going to buy Chucks when they start coming from China!" Well, the new ones come from Indonesia... and they seem to be doing a good job of making them.


My General Impressions:

  1. Sewing quality has improved dramatically. Even on the "American-made" Chucks, it was done in Mexico for a number of years.
  2. They are hard to tell apart.

Reader Comments:

  1. One writer commented: "Co-workers and friends of mine have all bought Indonesian shoes recently. Within a month, and without exception, the rubber sole began coming apart from the canvas near the ball of the foot area, and on both shoes, and on both sides of each shoe."

Ankle Patches:

Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star ankle patch - US versionThis is the ankle patch on the American made Chuck. Note the extra bit of flashing left at the top. Also, the patch is thinner and shinier compared to the one on the Indonesian made Chuck.
 

Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star ankle patch - Indonesian versionThis is the ankle patch on the Indonesian made Chuck. The "Converse All Star" name is not as bold as that printed on the American made Chuck, but the "Chuck Taylor" name is darker.
 


Heel Patches:

Heel patch - Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star made in the United StatesThis the heel patch on the American made Chuck.
 

Heel patch - Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star made in IndonesiaThis is the heel patch on the Indonesian made Chuck. Other than the "" is slightly smaller, the two appear equivalent.
 


Inside Tongue Label:

Inside tongue label from Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star made in the United StatesThis is the inside tongue label on the American made Chuck (the last few years of production). It only consists of a bar code intended for anti-piracy purposes.
 

Inside tongue label from Converse "Chuck Taylor" All Star made in IndonesiaThis is the inside tongue label on the Indonesian made Chuck. It is more consistent with typical shoe labeling.
 

The labeling on the insole and outsole of the two Chucks are the same, except the Indonesian made Chuck omits "Made in U. S. A." (thereby keeping the US Customs Service happy).


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Last Updated: 18 April 2012 11:32


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