Introduced to the world almost 100 years ago, the Chuck Taylor All Star has become one of the most popular and most iconic footwear styles of all time. In what is set to be one of the most significant releases of 2015, Converse have announced the first ever upgraded Chuck style, as they present the Chuck II – bringing a classic into modern day.
Originally introduced back in 1917 as an elite basketball shoe, the Chuck’s distinctive make up, which includes a stitched upper, white rubber toe cap and famous ankle patch, has remained largely unchanged up until now. Although the original style will always remain a firm favourite for many, Converse have chosen to give the Chuck a progressive rework this season by listening to those who wear the shoes to work out the ‘nags’ with the original. They have been weary to stay true to the originals DNA without too much alteration or introducing a new silhouette all together. It’s a significant moment for a brand with such a rich heritage as they look to bring their most celebrated style forward with creativity and innovation.
The main focus in the Chuck II rework seems to be comfort, and this is achieved with the addition of a Nike Lunarlon insole and enhanced with a padded foam collar and a non-slip padded tongue for extra cushioning. The new Chuck’s shape mirrors the original but has been enhanced with a durable Tencel canvas on the shoes upper with a breathable perforated micro-suede liner for comfort during extended wear. Additional features include tonal lacing, fully embroidered ‘All Star’ ankle patch, high foxing and monochrome tonal matte eyelets for a premium finish.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II arrives this upcoming Tuesday (July 28th) at Converse stores, select retailers and online over at www.converse.co.uk. The ox (low) can be picked up for £55 and the hi-top for £60, available in four separate colour ways of black, white, red and blue.