Category Archives: Converse




Summer shoes at Peggs & son.

Over the past few days it really seems like we have turned the corner from winter into spring. We can finally start about putting those down filled coats and leather boots away, at least for the next six or seven months. Our attention now turns to lighter weight shirts, shorts and of course trainers.

Here at Peggs & son, we’re already in the mood for the warmer weather and have a great selection of spring appropriate footwear. Both the Jack Purcell and Chuck Taylor models from Converse perfectly suit long summer days with their slimmed down silhouettes, classic detailing and simple colourways.

For an added touch of luxury, look no further than the offerings of Japanese label Shoes Like Pottery. By placing their shoes in kilns, the soles undergo a vulcanisation process to make them flexible, stronger and more durable. Coming in a range of four colourways, the canvas upper has been kept clean with a rubber toe cap finishing off each pair.

Click here to take a look at all the summer footwear at Peggs & son.




Jack Purcell was one of the greatest Badminton players of all time. Born in Ontario, Canada in 1903, he quickly rose through the ranks and became world champion in 1932 and remained unbeaten until his retirement from the game in 1945. This incredible record has made him one of the most respected players the game has ever seen.

In 1935 Purcell created a rubberised canvas trainer for the B.F. Goodrich company in Canada. This was designed to offer badminton players more comfort, support and grip when on the court. Realising he was on to a good thing, Converse purchased the trademark to the shoe in the 1970s and since that moment the Jack Purcell has been considered one of the all time classic canvas trainers.


This reissue from Converse has been given the premium treatment and still retains the iconic look of the original. Based around a simple canvas upper, the Jack Purcell features a low silhouette that is ideal for the warmer weather. In store we have two models, the simple white version and the black with contrast stitching and laces.

The vulcanised rubber sole unit is robust, durable and more than tough enough to stand up to the rigour of a fast paced game of badminton. Adding to the vintage feel is the instantly recognisable and oft copied ‘smile’ detailing on the rubber toecap. Subtle branding also features on the tongue and heel and completing matters is a comfortable and well ventilated insole.


The Jack Purcell is one of the lesser known shoes from the Converse stable but it offers a great alternative to the Chuck Taylor. More refined in its appearance, it nails that casual look perfectly. It is also incredibly versatile, working with shorts, tailored chinos or jeans for all on or off court action.

Take a look at the whole Converse collection, including both the Jack Purcell and 1970 Chuck Taylor models, over on our website.



Peggs & son, Converse Stars and Bars

Converse have once again graced us with another incarnation of their popular 1970s Chuck Taylor Hi-top model. Ever the patriots, the American based brand have decked out their latest canvas trainer in bold stars and stripes with the left and right shoe both having contrast patterns taken from the star-spangled banner.

The Americana influence is very apt, as the shoe itself has become a modern icon within footwear. We like the simplicity and the versatility of Converse trainers and the 1970s Chuck Taylor model brings an added touch of build quality to the much loved design. The sole is thicker and the stitching more durable. Based around a vintage shape, the shoe is slightly wider with a smaller toe-cap, which in our opinion gives the shoe better proportions. If you like your summer footwear to be bold, then this is the trainer for you.

To take a closer look at the trainer, as well as the rest of the Converse collection, please head on over to our online store.


Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellWith the sun continuing to make more of appearance this year, we are back again with another look at some ideas for summer suiting. For the previous instalment of this series we took a look at the offerings from Universal Works and we are continuing the British theme with MHL By Margaret Howell.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellMuch like Universal Works, the offerings from Margaret Howell this season are fully rooted in simple and elegant items of British workwear. We think this approach works really well as all the formal details are present, such as notched lapels and a button fastened front, just in a more relaxed and comfortable package. Margaret has given her Work blazer a summer makeover and it is has been constructed from soft and light cotton. What we think works best though is the wonderful shape which has an unstructured cut but the fit still retains an air of smartness.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellPlenty of workwear details are present such as the slim lapel, the two button fastening, the robust construction and pocket detailing on the left breast. Best of all, the jacket can easily be washed thanks to the lack of lining. This is a low maintenance jacket for people who just want to throw on a comfortable, good looking blazer.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellThe Work blazer also comes with matching trousers entitled the Slim chinos. Made from the same lightweight cotton and coming in a washed blue colourway, these make the perfect accompaniment to the Work blazer, offering a considered and practical pair of trousers. The slim tapered fit isn’t too extreme but enough to still retain a smart look that can be paired with anything from a pair of light tan brogues to some canvas trainers.

Peggs & son, MHL by Margaret HowellTo shop the rest of the MHL By Margaret Howell collection, please head on over to our website.

Converse ‘Jack Purcell’

Badminton kingpin Jack Purcell was good. So good in fact, that onetime tire company B.F. Goodrich gave him a signature shoe back in the mid ’30s. His iconic design, with it’s forefoot ‘smile’, transcended Jack’s career post-retirement, becoming a performance tennis piece too, and Converse snapped up the rights to make the shoe in the ’70s. It’s another classic that refuses to age. Periodically these become hard-to-obtain in certain colours, but supplies have been pretty plentiful lately.

This season we have selected 5 colours, in three slightly different styles. The oyster and tomato colourways are both garment dyed and show reversed stitching to create the worn effect. The navy and natural colours are based on the iconic and original styling, with a canvas body, padded tongue and sat on their ‘chunky’ vulcanized rubber sole unit. The black leather OX are a staff favorite, a perfect complement to your staple black shoe section of your wardrobe. Featuring metal eyelets and side hole vents, subtle branding on the tongue and the heel and faux suede lined ankle cuff and inner tongue.

All 5 colours are available online here now from the Peggs & son online store.