You might have probably noticed quite a number of Converse Chuck Taylor collabs hitting stores over the years.
There’s no denying the sneaker’s popularity. Even at its bare minimum, the Converse Chuck Taylor is a footwear staple to many.
What makes the Converse Chuck Taylor the canvas of choice for collaborations is the simplicity of the silhouette. Some of the Converse Chuck Taylor collabs we’ve seen have come from designers and artists to rappers and cult streetwear brands. Here’s a look back at ten of the finest reworkings of the sneaker in recent times. Not in any particular order, of course.
1) Feng Chen Wang
Chinese designer, Feng Chen Wang showed off possibly the most ambitious take on the Converse Chuck Taylor so far. Taking the silhouette apart and putting them together in never-before-seen versions really thrust the entire collection into a different light.
2) Fear of God Essentials
Jerry Lorenzo definitely translated the look and feel of his minimal Fear of God Essentials range in this Converse collaboration. Muted colorways in black and off white were employed with equally unimposing co-branded heel tabs. The two-sneaker collection is a low-key flex and it goes a long way with all its simplicity.
3) Golf le Fleur
Tyler, The Creator’s Golf Le Fleur and Converse have had fire releases before. But nothing quite like this “Burlap” pack which captured the imagination of what a unique sneaker truly is. Yes, we’ve seen slip-ons dressed in this material before. On the Converse Chuck Taylor 70s though? Definitely a must-have.
4) Brain Dead
Brain Dead sure knows how to make the most out of a collaboration. The image you’re seeing above isn’t of four different sneakers. In fact, it’s a single pair of Converse Chuck Taylor 70s with four prints – one on either side of each sneaker. If that isn’t mind-blowing, we don’t know what is.
5) Midnight Studios
This collaboration is not as simple as it seems. We often see the inside of a sneaker when we’re checking the size before purchasing or just before we put them on. Midnight Studios, on the other hand, reimagines the Converse Chuck Taylor by flipping the uppers inside out. It even looks worn in straight from the box. Peculiar is an understatement but there’s definitely some artistic appeal to this. Besides, Converse looks so good worn in.
6) CDG Play
Call it a streetwear staple or an entry-level streetwear piece, the CDG Play x Converse collaboration sneaker is here to stay. Simple colorways paired with a simple heart-eyes logo on the side and you have a classic that’s noticeable from even a mile away.
7) Dr. Woo
Tattoo artist, Dr. Woo, undoubtedly knows a thing or two about the art of storytelling. His “wear to reveal” Converse collection speaks for itself: the more you wear these kicks, the more it reveals. Usually, sneakerheads buy into the story of the sneaker but Dr. Woo’s vision sees the wearer telling a story of their own through wear and tear – not that these will end up looking like beaters in a shorter time. In fact, it actually has another layer of print beneath.
Arguably the most sought after of the lot, the original Off-White x Converse Chuck 70 has to appear on this list. There’s no question that Virgil Abloh’s signature touches such as the quotation marks, zip-tie and the deconstructed appearance have its way of driving up the hype.
9) JW Anderson
The signature JW Anderson aesthetic often presents bold renditions and that’s what we get in this collaboration. This Converse Chuck Taylor receives the glossy patent leather treatment on its uppers in bold contrasting tones, paired with oversized, fuzzy laces. If anything, these are a statement piece for your feet.
Yoon and Ambush’s collaboration with Converse may not be out yet but it certainly merits special mention here. Dressed in a clean white colorway, this military-inspired iteration unveiled by Yoon on Instagram turns back time to the days when Converse used to produce winter boots for the US military. Surely a release worth looking forward to.
Any worthy Converse Chuck Taylor collabs we missed out in the list? Let us know in the comments below.