Converse Jack Purcell -- Are they suitable for court use?

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  1. Raul_SJ

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    Converse Jack Purcell CP Navy

    Once a performance court shoe, the Jack Purcell lives on as a stylish yet classic casual shoe.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/catpage-MSCON.html#

    Does "Casual Shoes" mean that these shoes are not meant for on-court use?
     
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  2. Bobby Jr

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    I played a guy who was wearing them a few weeks ago and asked him the same thing. He said they're good for tennis and more stable than you expect. Not sure how stable.
     
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    Back in the 70's, when I was playing tennis in college, I bet the majority of the players on our team used to wear Jack Purcell's. Haven't bought a pair since then but I've also been out of the game for the last 37 years. I wouldn't be afraid to try another pair.
     
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    Suitable for sure; they were produced in collaboration with Nike and I THINK, they are similar to the Vapors.
     
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    You could use them for tennis, but I would not. I have a pair and I have never gotten so many compliments about how cool my shoes look. I would never wear them on the court, they would kill my feet and shins. After a few hours of wearing them, I have to walk around barefoot because my feet start to cramp. I went for a walk with them this summer and after a kilometer I had to sit down and stop because my shins splints flared up worse than they had in years. Basically, they are some of the coolest shoes I have ever worn, but definitly the worst comfort wise.
     
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    Yeah, I was just wondering cause the description says "Once a performance court shoe, the Jack Purcell lives on as a stylish yet classic casual shoe."

    So it looks like it's being touted as a casual shoe, NOT a tennis shoe.

    I am not really shoe-knowledgeable on what features it lacks that make it unsuitable for play.

    I do know it looks great. And I picked up a pair on clearance and it feels comfortable to walk in but it's half a size too large for me, so I haven't yet been inclined to use it on court.

    Converse, IMO, has made a marketing error by not marketing and updating their retro tennis shoes. They could have had success with them as they have had with the retro Chuck Taylor basketball shoes
     
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  7. TW Staff

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    The Jack Purcell CP is more of a casual shoe, though the Jack Purcell Evo is built for court use.

    Tiffani, TW
     
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    Nike owns Converse. sucked 'em up some time ago.
     
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  9. Borrelli

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    From my experience just wearing Purcell's and tretorn's casually I could never imagine how people played tennis in them back in the day.

    Those Purcell Evo's do look pretty comfy for modern tennis though. Think I'm gonna grab a pair myself.
     
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  10. tennisinoc

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    I would not use them for match play. Perhaps for casual hitting I would but definitely not for competitive play. They are a bit bulky and heavier than a performance shoe. Not as snug and supportive as I would like. Outsole is so-so. But if you care more about looks vs. performance on the courts, go for it. I wear them out casually with jeans all the time and get compliments on them.
     
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    I've played in mine only once when I went to watch some friends play and I was in street cloths and they asked me to hit a few. They felt similar to an Oscillate but not as soft. They do have Nike's Lunarlon cushioning but are built pretty solid and have a decent amount of stability. I would not rank them on the 'tour' vibe of the Vapor Tours or the CB .3s but more a Vapor Club and CB .2.

    Definitely usable on the court, but for anyone who actually knows what they are enough to own them would probably be serious enough to own a more elite level shoe for play.

    I do get a lot of complements on them when wearing casually. They have enough of a classic sneaker vibe to pair them with jeans and not look like you are wearing court shoes, nice jean-lay as they say. Big fan of traveling with them as they are very comfy and neutral colors to can wear with a lot of things and walk around in them all day.
     
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  12. tennisoh

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    I can't tell which JP shoe people are talking about in their posts. Some sound like they are talking about the Evo, which comes with a 6-month guarantee, while others seem to be talking about the more stripped down model.

    On a somewhat related note, has anyone worn out their Evos and sent them in for a replacement? I wondered how that works with Converse.
     
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    I'd love to have an old school match in khakis, polo shirt, complete with wooden racquet.

    I might do this and make a video.
     
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  14. Borrelli

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    Pretty positive the OP was talking about the original canvas purcell's but somewhere people confused it with the Evo. With a 6 month sole warranty there shouldn't be any confusion as to whether the Evo is good for tennis...
     
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    I was speaking of the EVO, can't imagine walking a mile in an original/classic JP pair let along play tennis.

    (although I did have a pair of John Varvatos JPs that were extremely comfy, as those editions add a much nicer sole than the classic JPs)
     
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