Converse Goes Highbrow

Converse is one of the most collaboration-happy brands out there. Never one to shy away from artists, designers or general creative partnerships, the classic shoe has been reincarnated countless times. But with its latest series of collaborations, the iconic kick is upping the ante and forging some distinctly high-fashion territory. “As a farewell to esteemed Tokyo brand Number (N)ine, Converse recently teamed up with the now-defunct label for a final covetable collaboration,” says Cool Hunting.

And, as one might expect, this is no simple upgrade: the shoes are made of “premium deer skin” that has a distinctly shag-like quality (in a way they resemble a worn tennis ball, especially when offered in a lemon yellow shade. With laces slightly off-kilter, the shoes speak directly to designer Takahiro Miyashita’s unique aesthetic. The shoes will be sold at the likes of Wood Wood, Colette, Aloha Rag and Dover Street Market and will be marked at $140 a pair. Not a bad price for purchasing a bit of Japanese avant-garde design history.

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