The Converse Chuck Taylor is as timeless as a sneaker receives. Not considerably has transformed in the overall layout due to the fact it to start with debuted back in the early 20th century. Its popularity, on the other hand, has only developed, embraced by all people from punk rockers to manner heads. It is really also tested to be an excellent canvas for collaborations: designers from Kim Jones to Virgil Abloh to Hiroshi Fujiwara have provided their spin on the iconic shoe. And the newest collaborator? None other than the master of goth-glam fashion that is Rick Owens. And genuine to type, he’s remodeled the vintage sneaker into one particular that is certain to switch some heads.
Exclusively, Owens tweaked the Chuck 70 Very low and Higher underneath his fewer expensive, more streetwear-oriented Drkshdw sub-label. But that does not stop him from presenting up a effectively freaky Rick Owens therapy: monochromatic shades of white and black, supercharged with a dash of gothic weirdness.
This is not your grandpa’s Chuck Taylor. The tongue has been prolonged to an exaggerated portion, pushing effectively earlier wherever the original structure stops short. The sole is jumbled and remixed to incorporate unconventional sections, grooves, and strains. Perhaps the most unexpected tweak is that the sneaker opts for an unachievable-to-overlook square toe alternatively of the common rounded type.
I might be remiss not to mention the quite divisive nature of the square toe. (The bootcut denims of sneakers, if you will.) This pretty journal proclaimed that the sq.-toe shoe “have to die” again in 2017. And then Vogue asked, “Are Sq.-Toe Shoes the Nickelback of Men’s Vogue?” But the outlier fashion never totally packed up its luggage and disappeared. Raf Simons put out square-toed canvas sneakers through his time at Calvin Klein, and Martine Rose made a sq.-toe loafer that was a strike amongst adventurous dressing men. Obviously, hoping something unique is absolutely nothing new for Owens. “When I consider of Converse, I think of the black and white Chuck Taylors and the punk rock technology. Putting on Chuck Taylors, you align oneself with a technology that was experimental,” Owens claimed in the official press launch. And a square-toed Chuck Taylor is experimental indeed.
The sq.-toe shoe has lengthy been deemed the bane of men’s type, a strange-wanting and off-kilter model that tends to seem flat and broad if not in the palms of the proper designer. But as constantly, Rick is the exception, never the rule. And in his vision, the square-toed Chuck Taylor appears to be like an even far more eccentric and punk edition of its former self. The sneakers are established to fall on July 27 by way of Converse and Rick Owens. Choose up a pair if you dare.