My “go to” kicks these days are black leather Chuck Taylor All Star Highs so it was a no-brainer to pay them a visit at the Project Tradeshow. We got up close and personal with some old greats and new styles releasing soon. Converse has its roots as a rubber company so one of the key themes for new styles is the use of rubber as much more than the sole, the rubber has moved on up to the upper of the shoe. My favorite, sadly, is a style that I can’t buy because it’s made only for kids! It’s an all RUBBER Chuck Taylor All Star High – THE perfect rain shoe ever! I’m not a fan of clunky rain boots so when I saw these I instantly needed them. Converse, if you’re listening, please make these in lady sizes! Converse is also issuing rubber rain boots (for men) and John Varvatos has done a gorgeous reissue of the actual rainboot used in WWII by American soldiers updated with the best water repellent technology out today (water resistent, stitched down tongue and 3M thinsulate). Sadly, these styles are for men but I would wear the WWII reissue in a heartbeat. There were no rubber, rain boot alternatives for the ladies but we’re hoping they’ll be in the near future.
Converse also had some great collaborative projects including a Woolrich series with Woolrich wool uppers, a Jams collab celebrating the surfing lifestyle, and a continuation of the music series. The bands featured in the coming season’s rock and roll project includes Metallica and AC/DC, two bands with a rich visual history. The Metallica pack includes 2 Pushead designs and a style with the Metallica logo from the Ride the Lightening album across the back. The AC/DC pack includes the ever popular “back in black” reference, and a re-issue of the Scout shoe (originally designed for the Boy Scouts in the 1970s) to acknowledge Angus Young’s school boy antics. All in all, Converse has some really great styles coming out to suite many different tastes.
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