Converse has redesigned its iconic canvas basketball shoe – the Chuck Taylor All Star –
to appeal to a growing audience of non-sports-playing sneaker fans
in the music, fashion, arts and design industries.
“Since its debut in 1917, the Chuck Taylor All Star has become one of the world’s
most celebrated sneakers, with fans, artists and musicians adopting the brand
as a badge of creativity and self-expression,” said a statement from Converse,
the 100-year-old American shoe company now owned by Nike.
“The Chuck Taylor All Star II is designed to meet the demands of the creative
lifestyle and is built for the next generation of self-expression.”
The original design’s rubber toe-cap, All Star ankle patch and textured foxing –
the white rubber strip that connects the sole to the canvas upper – have all been retained.
A sole liner has been added to cushion the wearer’s feet and provide arch support
using Nike’s Lunarlon foam material, which has been a key feature in a number
of its most successful recent basketball shoe designs. A strip of padding has been added
around the collar of the shoe, and the tongue has been given a non-slip finish.
A perforated artificial micro-suede upper liner has also been introduced to
help prevent the wearer’s feet from getting too hot and sweaty.
The redesign is available in both a classic high-top style, and a low-cut version –
with a rectangular patch at the top of the tongue – and is available in black,
red, blue and all-white for its first release today, 28th July.
Nike designer Tinker Hatfield declared earlier this year that he expects self-lacing shoes like those seen in “Back to the Future: Part II” to
become reality by 2015, which also happens to be the future year the
time-travelingMichael J. Fox flick is set in. It looks like a Kickstarter project has gotten a jump on Nike by introducing Powerlace, an auto-lacing shoe technology.
The new Powerlace auto-lacing system is the most effective means of tying shoelaces the hands-free way.
The mere insertion of the foot automatically engages the lacing system’s mechanism.
The activation of the small lever found at the lower rear end of the shoe unlocks the power system. It’s really that simple! The total energy required for
the lacing system’s mechanism is provided for by the weight of one’s body.The Powerlace shoe has been extensively tested in laboratories and has been subject to
the wear and tear conditions when in actual use. The easy and adjustable tension design system guarantees the best fit, the best comfort, every time!
It’s not like auto-lacing shoes are a necessity for living, but they do have an undeniable cool factor based on the cachet of Marty McFly’s Air Mags.
Vans makes sure your feet can stay warm and dry in style this fall and winter with the Mountain Edition footwear collection, featuring weather-resistant, boot-like versions of the Era and Sk8-Hi. Designed to take on the elements, the
Era MTE and Sk8-Hi MTE both feature durable leather/suede uppers lined with a fleece layer and a heat
retention layer, as well as a Scotchgard treated exterior. A gusseted tongue on each model also helps ensure your
feet will stay dry in the rain and snow. Below sits a reverse-mold Waffle sole for increased traction. The Era MTE and
SK8-Hi MTE debut in Black, Dress Blues and Glazed Ginger colorways, with an additional collab version of the
Sk8-Hi MTE designed by Vans team rider and snowboard legend Jamie Lynn.
Shop your Vans MTE HERE.
Converse debuts its Fall 2014 Converse All Star collection featuring new silhouettes and elevated detailing.
Featuring a sleek monochromatic look, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber
protects from rainy day weather and music festival mud pits.
The classic silhouette has been reinvented with a more durable and indestructible rubber material
to suit anyweather for any style. The entire upper is made up of the water resistant rubber,
while your feet stay warm with a soft fleece lining.
The collection has dropped in 7 color ways including an all white silhouette for the daredevils.
Buy your pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber HERE.