Converse has revealed trio of sneakers as part of a new lineup entitled the Star series. The series includes a basketball (BB), a runner (RN) and a utility (UT) shoe. While not normally something I would write about, what I and you may find interesting is that this series from Converse is partially designed by sneaker God, Jordan designer Tinker Hatfield. Anything that man does is sure to be given a chance by even the most cynical sneakerhead.
“From a sports perspective, Converse is historically a basketball brand so I felt it was natural to create a shoe within that category. A runner is worn to work out but also worn casually, transcending the way people use and live in our products, much like how Converse has been adopted through the years. The Chukka silhouette is something that easily slides into the Converse universe; unexpected, versatile, yet familiar,” Hatfield told Sole Collector via written statement
Looking at the BB shoe you can definitely see the Chuck Taylor influence. It looks like a sneaker-fied version of the classic. Honestly I’m not a fan of either of these. I like the mesh upper on the BB, but the sole has chunky dad shoe vibe that I don’t think really works for it. The BB looks like it’s confused and going through a midlife crisis. It’s the guy who just turned 50 and thought they’d look cool in a Porsche, but what they really should do is just accept themself for who they are, a quality classic shoe that people appreciate you for you. It’s an unnecessary update.
And if you thought that was bad the RN is just as bad. The RN simply looks like the non slip shoes that I would buy for restaurant work at Payless. They even have the orange accent from the Payless logo. That’s not say I didn’t like those shoes and buy plenty of them for work, but I’m not paying $75 for them because they have a converse logo on ‘em.
While I do appreciate everything Tink has done these are a hard pass. I’m sorry. I don’t know who these are for. If you disagree they are coming out today for $95 and $75 respectively.