In the past few weeks, my affinity for Converse has grown after seeing the WBF pack of Pro Models, the quality materials plus the overall simplicity of the design grabbed my attention. After overlooking them for so long, the brand's moved into a whole new light for me but I was stuck wondering which pairs to pick up next. Nobody wants the Chucks they typically stock at mall-branded stores, but diggin' around for the best pairs was tough since there's so many different models and versions out.
Thankfully, all my friends are shoe aficionados with diverse taste so I called on Duk-ki, owner of MAJOR in DC, to highlight five notable Converse that are out right now and worth the coin. These are all a part of Converse's First String program which partners up the brand with some of the best sneaker boutiques in the country. Since all shoes are curated for early adopters, they're released in limited quantities in the US, which vary from 150 to 300 pairs. In other words, these aren't your average Chucks.
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1. Converse x Reigning Champ Chuck Taylor All Star Oxford in Navy
Reigning Champ is the premium lifestyle brand out of Vancouver, Canada, which started out making some of your top streetwear brands' ultra premium fleece pieces. For this collaboration, Reigning Champ supplies its signature fleece material for the upper, while providing crisp chambray material for the lining. The end result is some of the cleanest Chucks you've ever seen. There's also a grey colorway.
$90 | Buy
2. Converse First String Chuck Taylor All Star Hi in Grey
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi gets fresh for the summer featuring mélange jersey fabric in grey. Loose-lined, the fabric has a second layer of nylon hidden underneath, that reveals itself as the shoe ages or tears.The shoe features sharp details such as a single top eyelet in tortoise shell, gum soles and color-corresponding grosgrain ribbon pull tabs. Also available as a natural colored oxford low-top.
$70 | Buy
3. Converse Star Player FS Oxford in White
The Star Player FS Ox sports a complete retro-tech look, utilizing a high quality, fine file Nylon on it's exterior, paired with Converse iconic canvas as it's lining. The regular Star Chevron logo overlays are subtly executed as a tonal screen print execution and a singular molded pinstripe runs the length of the midsole tape to add an additional retro-sport feel. The shoes are complimented with both a tonal and contrast vintage cotton flat lace as well as a black and white round lace for that extra color pop. Also available in red.
$70 | Buy
4. Converse Pro Leather Mid in Natural Waffle Canvas
The Converse Pro Leather (Dr. J.) features the silhouette of the shoe that changed the game of basketball forever, yet with a stylish, rough-hewn look and feel. Showcasing clean lines and premium craftsmanship, the shoe features a natural, un-dyed, waffle canvas upper that contrasts beautifully with an olive/grey nylon material used for the logos and trim, and grosgrain ribbon pull tabs that give the shoes a modern touch and classic appeal.
$85 | Buy
5. Converse Jack Purcell Johnny Weld Oxford in Green/White
Looking sophisticated and made specifically for the season, the Converse Jack Purcell Johnny Weld Ox features heathered two-tone cotton uppers and signature Jack Purcell Johnny detailing. Adding a contemporary twist, unique overlays are added to the shoe’s upper using a tinted, transparent, screen-mesh that gives the fabric beneath a slight off-tone appearance and a modern touch. Gum outsoles, tortoise shell eyelets and grosgrain ribbon pull-tabs round out this solid release, which is also available in navy/white Hi model.
$80 | Buy