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Retired teacher breaks world record with 733 pairs of Converse sneakers ^ | 06 Jan 2012 | Victoria Wellman

Posted on 01/07/2012 5:09:51 PM PST by smokingfrog

As one of the most popular shoes in the world, there are few people who don't own a pair of Converse All-Stars.

But Penny Gold loves them more than most.

The retired teacher, 63, from Lake Mary, Florida, has just been named a world record holder for her 733-strong collection by the World Records Academy.

Mrs Gold, who is now submitting an application to Guinness World Records in the hope that it too will award her a title, told how she started collecting Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars when she was a child living in Brooklyn, New York.

She admits she only really started taking her obsession seriously 15 years ago, but estimates that she has spent $15,000 on the collection, buying pairs for around $20 each on weekly trips to the three Converse outlets in Orlando.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Local News
KEYWORDS: chucktaylor; florida; orlando

1 posted on 01/07/2012 5:10:01 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: Pan_Yan

shoe collection ping

2 posted on 01/07/2012 5:10:48 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: smokingfrog

I hear she is going to receive the Imelda Marcos Award tomorrow night.

3 posted on 01/07/2012 5:12:06 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: smokingfrog

She must have a cast-iron pension.

4 posted on 01/07/2012 5:18:40 PM PST by poindexter
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To: bigheadfred

I never was a big Converse fan. A couple of years ago someone was talking about bringing back Pony. Maybe I could get a pair of retro Ponys to start my collection.

5 posted on 01/07/2012 5:21:46 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: smokingfrog

2 things about Chuck Taylors I found out this year...
first, original pre-60’s Chucks that use some different rubber gum material are worth several hundred dollars a piece.
second, Detroit fashion designer Varvatos made a signature line this year and had standard Chucks for sale at over $180 a piece.

I’ve been the the Converse outlet in Orlando, some lowtop Chuck classics sell for as little as $12 on sale days.

6 posted on 01/07/2012 5:26:58 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: smokingfrog

I wish shoe luck Mrs Gold.

7 posted on 01/07/2012 5:42:43 PM PST by Leep
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To: JerseyHighlander
Yeah...I hate to say it and date myself...but the Old All Stars were built much much better.
Better cushioning inside and better grip on the wood/bassitball courts.

Anecdote -> Chucks are a big big fashion hit with the kids, teens and young adults here on Taiwan.
Both the 'real' Chucks and the knock-off. Some of the knock-offs are better than the real licensed Cons.
8 posted on 01/07/2012 11:44:25 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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