One of the most iconic classic silhouettes is about to transcend into a new exciting phase with the release of the new Converse All Star Modern in mid June. Since Converse was acquired by Nike in 2003 the brand has rebounded from its financial issued and regained its vibe with the new generations but there was little involvement from the new parent company in the design compartment. That was until last year when the Converse Chuck Taylor II was introduced, featuring some minor exterior changes but most importantly, the Lunarlon technology that helped making it more comfortable, something that Nike is quite good at it.
By introducing the Converse All Star Modern Nike's involvement becomes clearer than before, this time the changes being much more obvious. The All Star has been updated with Nike's latest technologies from top to bottom, while its silhouette stays preserved. The Hyperfuse technology was used to get rid of all the stitching and gluing, making it a true modern sneaker with seamless circular knit upper. The All Star signature toecap is now TPU-fused while the traditional rubber sole has been replaced with a contoured full length Phylon outsole. The new sneaker also features neoprene tongue and lining. All these new elements combined make the Converse All Star Modern a lighter, more comfortable shoe than the original, while giving it a sleek, updated look.
The hi tops will retail for $140 while the low top will be $130, placing this new version in a new, upscale category that will rival some of the most hyped sneakers today, while leaving the classic Chuck Taylor dominating its class as it happened for decades.
The release of the Converse All Star Modern will be boosted by a premium version designed by the famous Nike's designer trio: Hiroshu Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker. This is the first time the three get involved in creating a non-Nike sneaker, making it even more special. The HTM version of the sneaker will feature a premium goat leather upper with the trio's logo on the heel pull tab and debossed All Star patch. Coming in two black and white versions, the Converse All Star HTM will retail for $180 at select stores.
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