Starting off our Meet the Staff of Baggins series is Clare. Clare is one of the most recent additions to the Baggins team, having just joined us as a Sales Associate.

Clare is the proud owner of a pair of Vans ISO 1.5+ (Mesh) Black and a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Womens Eyerow Cut Out Low Top in Grey/Egret – with more to come, we’re sure, as the months roll on.

Vans ISO 1.5+ Mesh Black

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Womens Eyerow Cut Out Low Top in Grey Egret

For instance, Clare already has her eyes on bulking up her Converse collection with the following pairs of shoes currently in stock at Baggins, starting with the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Khaki/Biscuit/Egret.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Khaki Biscuit Egret

Featuring khaki uppers, brushed metal eyelets with round laces, a leather star-centered ankle patch, vulcanized sole and signature rubber toe cap with red and blue racing stripes, these practical numbers are perfect for the upcoming fall season and will pair well with just about anything in Clare’s closet.

Also in the hi-top category, Clare loves the crispness of the Converse Chuck Taylor II Hi Top White/Silver/White.

Converse Chuck Taylor II Hi Top White Silver White

These ultra-fresh white hi-tops feature an all-over white star print (look closely!) encased in ultimate Chuck II upgrades such as a springy Lunarlon insole, reinforced canvas for more durability and an exceptionally comfortable micro suede lining. If you care for them properly, these shoes will last year after year.

It’s not just Clare who finds the Chuck II’s so appealing. In terms of what styles Clare is seeing the most demand for these days, she says people are really loving the Chuck II’s, especially those people who wear orthotics in their shoes. “They love that the insoles come out and they can slip in the support they need while still being stylish,” she says.

Clare reminds all of her customers that Chuck Taylor IIs fit more true to size, so she recommends they order the size they wear in most brands or half a size larger than the classic Chuck Taylor All Star.

Although she’s only been on the sales floor for a few months, Clare says her favourite part of the job is hearing stories from all of the customers she helps. “I love how many different people come into the store from all over the world. I get to meet so many interesting people and hear about how they became fans of Vans and Chucks,” she says of her job at Baggins so far.

Indeed, Victoria sees a great number of out-of-towners in the summer season, so we are not surprised Clare’s been getting to meet so many shoppers from around the globe right here on Vancouver Island.

When she isn’t busy helping customers from all walks of life pick out awesome footwear, in her free time Clare enjoys hitting the gym, hiking Goldstream Park, walking along Dallas Road and the breakwater, and paddle boarding out in Gyro Beach.

On days when Clare’s feeling a bit more colourful, she loves the look and feel of these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Warhol Banana Print Black/White/Freesia from the Converse Andy Warhol Collection that honours some of his most iconic art.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Warhol Banana Print Black White Freesia

(Find out the connection between the Banana, the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol in our blog post, Just Can’t Get Enough of Andy Warhol Converse.)

Thanks, Clare, for sharing some of your energy with the Baggins team! Here’s to more months of shoes!


Ready to upgrade your collection of Vans, Converse, Stance and Herschel accessories? Allow Baggins to help! We’ve got huge a wide variety of items from each of these impressive brands in stock at our store.

Browse through our online store and take advantage of easy online ordering and fast shipping times, or come see us in person. We are open seven days a week in downtown Victoria, BC.

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