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Converse, or "Chucks" as I've been calling them since I can remember, have always been in style.

Everyone in my family owned a pair and even today myself, my husband, and my kids ensure that we have a fresh pair ready to go in the closet. Given our love for the brand (that seems to always be on trend as it continues to reinvent itself), I was excited when they announced they would be heading to the Houston Galleria for a special shoe designing experience.

Located on Level 1 of the Houston Galleria (on the Saks Fifth side), the Converse “Chucks By You” Customization Kiosk is the place to go and have your Chucks customized this holiday season. This is a perfect opportunity to add a bit of swank to your new and unworn Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. And the best thing is…it is completely FREE!

Note: They are not selling Converse at the kiosk, but you can buy them from anywhere and as long as you have the original box and receipt, they will hook them up for you.

When I was younger I would change out my laces for the thicker ones so this experience was right up my alley! At the kiosk, not only can you choose your laces, but you can actually select a themed starter pack that comes fitted with matching embroidered patches. The starter packs are there to help you decide but feel free to get creative.

After you’ve chosen the basics,  you can select from a variety of grommets, aglets, lace bolts, as well as other do-it-yourself options using stencils that they provide. I had my eye on the pink flamingo, watermelon, and the sequined red lips.

This is such a great gift idea for any sneaker or Converse lover in your life. It just makes it even more special that you can create a shoe that is just for you – a true form of self expression! So head to the Houston Galleria anytime (they are open from 12 p.m. until close each day) through Saturday, December 24th to cop you a pair of custom Chucks for you or that special sneakerhead in your life.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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