I have flat feet so I need a lot of support in the sole. Converse are really terrible for the feet unless there are proper insoles, which I use with mine. I like Vans too and also Adidas for the gym.
I don't have a wide variety of shoes to choose from because they're flat, but also because I'm a woman with giant feet. Most of the shoes I buy are men's because women's only goes up to 10 or 11 US which is really tight.
I love to wear different kinda shoes so I bought dozen of pairs from different brands. Yeah, if you have converse doesn't mind to follow any other shoe with high price. I love my converse at first place then puma, Reebok, fila and others. Which brands I don't have yet n going to buy soon is Nike, DC, and Adidas Originals. I don't like simple adidas though.
*And I believe everyone should have one DC shoes at least ;)