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A Closer Look at the Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Virgil Abloh is one of the most copied men in fashion and sneakers. The latter, of course, stems from his collaborative collection with Nike, “The Ten,” which sent shock waves through the community in 2017. The final sneaker from that offering to release, Abloh’s Off White x Converse Chuck Taylor, take on an entire life of its own outside of the Nike releases. That trend continues with its successor.

Teased first by Complex and subsequently today by @pyrates, leaked product images showcase the classic Chuck 70 design joined by Abloh’s signature factory-esque branding with imposing black and white midsole stripes. An orange zip-tie matches the shoe’s gleaming outsole, giving way to a potential Halloween theme matching that of the Chicago native’s impending Nike Blazer collaboration.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Although widely thought to release on Monday, October 8, neither party has confirmed details for the Off White x Converse Chuck 70. Stay tuned for additional info.

Off White x Converse Chuck 70

Off White x Converse Chuck 70
Off White x Converse Chuck 70

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Chinatown Market is Making Bootleg Chuck Taylors & So Should You

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The phrase “Just Do It” is back at the forefront of sports and pop culture, but perhaps it’s just as relevant in fashion and design.

For Mike Cherman, the mind behind the KITH logo, countless Nike Sportswear projects and the brand Chinatown Market, his JDI attitude toward creation is spreading with the intent of more DIY apparel and footwear on the market.

Teaming up with Converse, the Cali resident returned to his home of New York to disrupt the red carpets of Fashion Week to set up shop at the brand’s NY flagship to create bootleg Chucks with his team of experimenters and the people of the Big Apple.

From lacing LeBron with 1 of 1s to having Erykah Badu slide into his DMs, hear why his bootlegging brand is changing the laws of collaboration and shifting the perspective on Do It Yourself style.

Nice Kicks: First off, how’s it feel to be back in New York and tell us about the Converse event.

Mike Cherman: It’s really good to be back in New York and we’re excited to bring some of our customizations here for Fashion Week. We’ve got everything from airbrushing to rhinestones to glitter transfers to hand-painting to the printing gun. We brought almost our entire office out here, so I’m pretty much a little babysitter. [Laughs] We brought it all out so I’m super excited.

Nice Kicks: The bootleg Chucks have made a huge splash. How’d the idea first come about and how does this event see the next evolution of it?

Mike Cherman: You know, that whole thing came out of the idea of taking two of the most demanded things in pop culture and smashing them together. For us, constant experimentation takes place in our office and that experimentation led us to that. Obviously, that bootleg was such a strong idea but it’s really about us continuing to tell the story of customization and the idea that Chucks can change all the time.

As consumers of the Chuck we know it’s a longstanding staple that hasn’t changed in years, but it’s our job to show that they’re so much more. You can really go crazy with them as a canvas. They’re so perfect for us to play with.

Nice Kicks: Growing up in the 2000s whether it be gear or kicks, what was your relationship to both streetwear and bootleg gear?

Mike Cherman: From a young age, I used to go into New York City with my dad. We’d go to Chinatown after he got out of work and we’d go to dinner and buy toys. That left an impression on me as a kid.

But I think the bigger picture is that we’re trying to take the whole DIY nature of what bootlegging really is and that’s creating ideas that don’t already exist and allowing them to happen. It’s almost the idea of forced collaboration. It allows us to constantly create new ideas that maybe the powers that be don’t want to see, but the idea for us is to show the consumer that the ideas are constantly coming.

Converse Chuck Taylor Chinatown Market

Nice Kicks: The bootleg Chucks have been gifted and worn by the likes of LeBron James, Nigo and Erykah Badu. How did that interest come about and what’s it like to see them sport your creative work?

Mike Cherman: You know man, the beauty for us is about the idea and less about the credit. It’s beautiful when you see LeBron get those shoes and then Erykah Badu hops in your DM and says, ‘I need them!’ I’ve been growing up listening to her since I was a kid so it’s amazing to see something like that happen.

It’s the validation of the idea, you know? We’re not out here to say Chinatown Market did this. It’s more about can we inspire that DIY nature in the marketplace? After this event, you’re gonna see hundreds of kids who went and made their own Converse and activated it themselves to create their own bootleg. To me, that’s inspiring and our idea in the first place: DIY, make it yourself and go for it. That kind of spirit is what’s going to lead the next generation of creators.

Nice Kicks: Irony and humor are at the heart of the brand. Is it perfect time to be printing a Swoosh on shoes or branding product as Nike when others are doing crazy stuff like cutting the logo off their socks?

Mike Cherman: Exactly, man. We’d like to have that statement to know that we’re behind all those things [that Nike is doing]. We’re not on the other side.

Converse Chuck Taylor Chinatown Market

Nice Kicks: Lastly, what’s next from Chinatown Market on the footwear tip?

Mike Cherman: Constant innovation on how we approach footwear projects. I think you’re going to see some really interesting things from us over the next year. We look to just continue to build our relationship with Converse and try to make some interesting projects.

We want to shake up the industry in regards to how people look at collaborations and how they look at small brands and how they can shake up the bigger landscape of retail across the US and across the world.

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Wiz Khalifa Talks Giving up Air Forces for Chuck Taylors

For this week’s installment of Sneaker Shopping, Joe La Puma linked up with multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa. Wiz has always had a unique sense of style from his gear to his love for sneakers, both of which he discusses with Joe at Stadium Goods in New York City.

During the episode, Wiz talks about skating in Air Jordans growing up and how Curren$ y put him onto Air Jordans back in the day. He also talks about his son, Bash, and what sneakers he buys him, downsizing his personal sneaker collection and how he got into Converse Chuck Taylors. On top of that, he then reveals info about his recent workout and weight transformation and ends up buying sneakers for himself and his son.

With Rolling Papers 2 dropping on July 13th, see what Wiz is on sneaker wise in the video below.

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A Closer Look at the Off-White x Converse Chuck 70

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In a short time following the Off-White x Converse Chuck 70 releasing, images of another all-white colourway surfaced online.

So I thought, for the folks that missed out on getting the first pair in hand and are waiting for the next to drop, let’s take a closer look at “The Ten” latecomer.

I’d had it in my mind to rock these with shorts and high white socks; shout out LA, so I wasted no time between purchasing and getting these on foot. The sun doesn’t come around too often this side of the pond.

The lateral and medial sides of the shoe are 80% transparent, meaning your socks set the vibe and tell most of the story when you wear them. Those panels are made from a very thin, completely breathable, plastic netting I want to say. It’s the same material used on some of the other models from “The Ten” but without any of the reinforcement of the foam. It’s actually quite an impressive component of the shoe, as I know some people were concerned about condensation forming due to all the rubber and plastic.

In true Converse style, this iteration by Virgil is quite rigid and comfort is not its strong point. But that being said, it’s frozen-like state is an aspect that I really enjoy – it keeps the outline clean and doesn’t lose its high top shape. To me, the One Star brand has always built shoes we can enjoy by wearing them into the ground, and I’m not approaching this one any different.

It’s rumoured that the delay of this release from the original “Ten” was due to manufacturing issues and questions around the durability of the plastic netting material discussed earlier. Whether any of that is true or not, I think the Converse Chuck 70 deserved its own separate release from “The Ten” we saw late last year. Although acquired by the Swoosh 15 years ago, I think the Converse works well outside its predecessor’s collection. It definitely acts as an effective catalyst for the future of Off-White x Nike releases.

To illustrate my intentions and the shoe’s capabilities, I had a slightly wild idea for a video review. Enjoy below and please leave a thought or two in the comments.

Peace.

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Converse Chuck Taylor Adorns Two-Toned Gore-Tex Construction

In large part thanks to Virgil Abloh and J.W. Anderson, Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Star is one of the hottest sneakers in all of footwear. Great collaborations tend to have that effect on historically revered silhouettes. Often times, something old simply needs to be seen through a modern lens to restore its acclaim.

Where Anderson is concerned, his vision was a simple one. Through his Glitter Gutter collaboration, he outfitted the Chuck Taylor in two-toned uppers. The foundational yet effective design method helped revived the All-Star while clearly inspiring something within Converse. New iterations of the model are done in two-tone uppers with a protective Gore-Tex coating that overlays brown and green paneling. Tongue construction appears in blue juxtaposing the smartly color blocked design.

This Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex is available now in Japan at atmos. It’s unclear when this pair will debut Stateside.

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Gore-Tex

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Converse Continues NBA Collaboration with “City” and “Discovery” Edition Chuck Taylors

American footwear mainstay Converse extends its partnership with the NBA next week with two influential releases. Exploring the history of many of the league’s most storied franchises and the classic logos that have guided them through decades, Converse debuts City and Discovery Editions of the adored Chuck Taylor ’70.

Basketball, one of the ultimate cultural unifiers, stands at the center of this partnering NBA release which starts with the City Edition ($ 100). Here, Converse explores, and pays tribute to, famed logos over canvas Chuck Taylor’s inspired by the model’s design back in the 1970s.

As its moniker suggests, the Discovery Edition ($ 125) dives deeper into team heritage, vindicating context surrounding historically rich franchises. The Clippers pair touches on their port roots, while the Sixers edition highlights their championship years dating back to the 1950’s.

Available now in its entirety at Converse.com, take a detailed look at the NBA x Converse collection below and expect additional stock at global retailers on February 14.

NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor '70
NBA x Converse Chuck Taylor ’70

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BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Coming This Fall

Japan-based BEAMS along with garment purveyors Engineered Garments have joined with Converse for a budding Chuck Taylor All Star with a unique material makeover settled within trendy neutral shading.

Highlighted by an asymmetrical, mismatched blend of contemporary off-white and cream hues, suede and canvas fabrication take turns coating the upper while the shoe’s insole comes equipped with Nike’s new React foam cushioning technology. A traditional All Star outsole closes the look.

Releasing as both a Hi and Low, look for the BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star this September at select Japanese retailers.

BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
BEAMS x Engineered Garments x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

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Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Drops This Weekend

Missoni and Converse join once again for another installment in a long tenured partnership. This time around the two canvas the budding Chuck Taylor All Star II in knitted uppers ripe for summer functionality.

Consisting of both Hi and Low variations, Missoni’s colorful knit fabrication in vibrant hues including purple, black, red, and grey colorways highlighting essential summer shades over rubberized midsoles. Look for the Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II tomorrow, June 9, at select retailers like Feature.

Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II
Missoni x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II

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The Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment


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King of fresh kicks, Converse, has just catapulted itself into legendary levels of cool with their Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment. To celebrate their classic All Stars, Converse has engineered a giant 5 x 4 meter interactive wall displaying 480 red and black Chuck Taylors, which are motorized to rotate when triggered by motion sensors.

Upon inviting friends to experiment with with the installation, two musicians, Mitch the Drummer and a guitarist named Bjorn, hooked up their respective instruments to the Canvas Experiment and orchestrated their own Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment performances. You can check out more videos of the experiment as they are added to the Converse Blog, or visit the exhibition yourself at the follow locations:

May 3rd-15th: Courir, 104., Avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris, France
May 3rd-15th: Converse Store, Münzstraße 18, 10178 Berlin, Germany
May 25 (by invitation only): The Canvas Experiment Exhibition, Paris

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The Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment 150x150 The Converse Chuck Taylor Canvas Experiment
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Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star II“Change everything without…

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star II

“Change everything without changing a thing”

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