Good ole' Chuck Taylors, been around almost 100 years and worn by some of the strongest people in history.
Obviously they have a lot of great qualities like a solid EVEN foundation for your feet, Hard edges so your feet don't roll when squatting wide, ankle support, they're cheap, and they come in virtually ever cool color, especially tough guy BLACK.
I can go to any gym and spot the powerlifters by their Chucks, its almost like a weird handshake.
I must admit that I own a whole bunch, 13 pairs, 2 Pairs Toughguy black(worn out of course), black with red flames, blue flames, different patterns and colors, I even have a pair in Desert Camo to support the troops.
At first I thought that Chicks wouldn't like them but I was wrong, I have actually gotten Smokin Hot girlfriends Chucks as Gifts and they love them and train in them(the pink, or pink/black I recommend)
Throughout my 20 years of training I have never seen any Maniac in running shoes do anything to impress me BUT I have seen hundreds of people in Chuck Taylors push the Human Body to its limits.(could it be the shoes?)
Except for faggy Cardio days I cant train in anything but the All-Stars, I almost believe that they give me 30lb in the squat, 15 on the bench and 20 for the Deadlift, and if I think they help me they actually help me so I'll keep brainwashing myself.
You cats ever train in them?