Do Converse Shoes Crease? (Yes, Here’s the Fix)

In an effort to keep your new pair of Chuck Taylors clean and sharp, you want to make sure that they are crease-free. But do Converse shoes actually crease?

Most Converse shoes do not crease on the toe box area because they are covered by rubber toe caps, but they can develop creases on the tongues. High-top Converse shoes can also develop creases on the back of the heels due to excess fabric.

In this post, let’s explore whether Converse shoes crease or not. We will also show you how to keep your Chuck Taylors maintain its structural integrity for as long as possible.

Do Converse Shoes Crease?

Most shoes crease, especially in the toe box area because your feet naturally bend when you walk. As a result, your shoes bend with your feet, which causes creasing.

Unlike most sneakers, however, Converse shoes are equipped with rubber toe caps. The toe caps are designed to protect your toes, but they also do a good job of preventing creases.

Converse shoes have rubber toe caps that prevent creases in the toe box area.

There are, however, two instances where your Converse shoes can crease.

First, a crease can happen in the tongue when the shoes are tied incorrectly. And second, a crease can form on high-top Converse shoes in the back of the heels.

Converse shoes can crease in the tongues

Converse shoes are made of either canvas or leather. As we’ve mentioned before, the toe boxes, where creases often happen, are protected by rubber toe caps.

Unfortunately, the tongues of Converse shoes can crease. This is because the tongues are made of one layer of material of either canvas or leather, unlike the toe boxes.

The tongue of the left shoe has no creases.
The tongue of the right shoe has creases and wrinkles.

As you can see in the images above, there is a crease in the tongue of the right shoe. Unlike the left shoe, the canvas material of the tongue does not lay flat.

Also, notice how the crease is going vertically down the tongue, not horizontally. The crease looks pretty set, like a piece of paper that’s been folded for a while.

If you own a pair of Converse sneakers, make it a habit to give both tongues a good tug to straighten it out before you lace the shoes properly. Otherwise, the tongues can form creases and wrinkles sooner than later. 

A shoe tongue can also slide to the side if they are not straightened out.

Converse high-tops can crease in the heels

Creases can also develop on high-top Converse shoes in the back of the heels. This is because of the extra material on top of the ankles that make the shoe high-top sneakers.

Unfortunately, creases on the heels of high-top Converse shoes are inevitable. As you walk, the creases will develop on the line where the extra material is.


High-top Converse shoes will develop creases in the heels (back of the ankles)
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In short, you are bound to get creases in the heels area.

The good news is, there are simple tricks you can do to smooth out the creases and wrinkles. They are easy to do, yet they can make your Converse shoes look like new.

How to Get Creases Out of Converse

Before you try to remove the creases out of your Converse shoes, you need to first determine whether they are leather or canvas shoes. 

Here are the methods to get creases out of Converse shoes:

Removing creases from leather high-top Converse heels

For this method, you are going to need a hairdryer, an old towel, and some socks to stuff the shoes. Here is the step-by-step guide:

  1. Stuff the shoes with socks. You need to stuff your Converse shoes to help them maintain their shape during the procedure. In most cases, two socks are enough for one pair of shoes, but make sure to stuff both shoes completely.
  2. Drape a damp towel over the heel of the shoe. Take an old towel and add water to it until damp. Then, hold one of the shoes in your hand with the lace side down. Take the damp towel and cover the heel with your other hand.
  3. Blast the shoe with the hairdryer. Once the shoe has been draped, turn on a hair dryer to its hottest setting. Then, blast the towel-covered area with the hairdryer.

A good rule of thumb is to hold the hairdryer about 5 inches away from the shoe. After about a minute, check to see if the creases have disappeared.

You can repeat the process until all the creases have been removed. Don’t forget to do the same for the other pair of Converse shoes.

Removing creases from canvas high-top Converse heels

For this method, you will need some heavy-duty starch spray. We recommend buying the Niagara Heavy Finish Liquid Starch, designed for clothes and fabrics.

Aerosol starch sprays are designed to help your iron remove wrinkles. Typically, these sprays come in a variety of levels ranging from light to heavy.

Light starch sprays will leave your clothing less stiff than heavy starch sprays. For Converse shoes, however, you will need heavy-duty starch.

You will also need some socks and an iron. Here’s the step-by-step guide:

  1. Stuff the shoes with socks. You need to stuff your Converse shoes to help them maintain their shape through the procedure. In most cases, two socks are enough for one pair of shoes, but make sure to stuff both shoes completely.
  2. Spray the back of your shoes with heavy-duty starch. You need to spray them until they are damp. Let the shoes sit for two minutes to allow the starch to sink in.
  3. Iron the creases. Once the iron has been heated up to its highest setting, lay one shoe on its side and gently press the creased area with the iron. Avoid pressing down the iron for more than a few seconds, otherwise you will burn the shoe.

If your iron has a steam function, you may release the steam to make the starch more effective. Once the creases are gone, stand the shoe upright and allow it to completely dry. 

Don’t forget to do the same with the other pair of Converse shoes.

Removing creases from Converse tongues

Removing creases from the tongues of Converse shoes requires similar techniques to the methods above. However, you will first need to remove the laces from the shoes.

If your Converse shoes are made of leather, drape the tongues with a damp towel and blast it with a hairdryer at its highest setting for about a minute.

You can repeat the process until the creases are gone and you are happy with the results.

However, if your Converse shoes are made of canvas, you will need to spray the tongue first with heavy-duty starch and let them be for two minutes.

Once rested, iron the shoes gently on the creased area. If your iron has a steam function, release the steam to make the starch more effective.

After the creases are gone, let the shoes completely dry.

Bottom Line

Now you know whether Converse shoe crease or not.

By taking the time to learn how to remove creases from Converse shoes, you will have no worry going out and about in your favorite pair of Chucks because you can fix them anytime.

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