• Converse Chuck Taylor Vs. Chuck 70: Breaking Down the Differences

    Detail makes all the difference. In the early 80s, Converse made a series of small changes to their iconic Chuck Taylor All Star to produce the version we’re familiar with today. The adaptations were made without compromising the design’s DNA, but to the eagle-eyed observer, no two shoes are the same. After decades of success with the revised version, Converse decided it was time to pay tribute to its progenitor and released the Chuck 70 in 2013.

    The 1980s marked a period of change for the Chuck Taylor All Star. As new technology enabled Converse to produce highly engineered basketball shoes for on-court action, the Chuck stepped into a different arena. It was no longer the sporting hero it had been for decades, but remained a popular casual choice for a huge demographic that swept across all facets of culture and style. At the same time, the cost of manufacturing in the United States was rising steadily; in order to resist moving production overseas, Converse offset growing expenses by altering the classic Chuck’s recipe.

    In recent years, the Chuck 70 has become a fan favourite with discerning footwear fanatics. Thanks to its beefed-up build and vintage aesthetic, the 70 became the go-to shoe for the brand’s high profile collaborators such as Virgil Abloh, Missoni and Rei Kawakubo. Now it’s the staple Chuck for a cult following of the world’s style elite. So what is it about the charismatic Chuck 70 that’s helped cement its present-day popularity? It can be hard to tell at a glance, so here’s the fine-tooth comb 411.

    CANVAS

    Converse 70 S Closer Look 3

    The 12oz twill and stitched forefoot detailing of the Chuck 70

    One of the first things you’ll notice when comparing the two is the weight of their main textile ingredient. During its long life of pounding parquet floors, the Chuck Taylor had to be tough. The sport’s aggressive lateral action caused lesser shoes to blow out in no time, but the 12oz weave seen on the Chuck 70 could take a serious beating. When it made the shift to lifestyle sneaker, the All Star lightened its load by switching to a finer canvas. To further strengthen the toe, the older style has an extra layer of canvas stitched inside, evidenced by the swooping stitch-lines on the vamp of the solid 70.

    SOLE

    Regular Closer Look

    Regular matte finish rubber

    Converse 70 S Closer Look Crop

    Chuck 70

    The next obvious difference comes courtesy of the Chuck 70’s midsole finish. Most notably, a layer of varnish has been applied to the midsole and toe cap in a process that gives the Chuck 70’s rubber an off-white sheen and a top quality edge. Not only is it shiny, but the siding of the Chuck 70 is a full 5mm higher to provide extra stability during explosive on-court movement, while the pinstripe around the foxing tape is a separate piece of piping seared onto the midsole, as opposed to an inset stripe. On the underside, the old-school edition features a thicker sole unit made from a single solid slab of denser rubber compound moulded with deeper dashes for better traction.

    INSIDE

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    Finishing on the Chuck 70

    Some variances are felt more than they’re seen. The thinner canvas of the contemporary All Star doesn’t provide quite the same structure as the self-supporting bulk on the 70. To account for this, an additional plastic heel cap has been built in for stability, whereas the Chuck 70 has no need for additional structures, allowing a more dynamic fit.

    One area in which the Chuck 70 has been injected with a modern touch is the ever-important cushioning. The 2013 remake is enhanced with a cushy foam insole that features built-up arch support, making this the most comfortable construction of the classic design to date.

    DETAILING

    Regular Closer Look 2

    Updated branding on the regular Chick Taylor All Star

    No part of the design has been overlooked in order to recreate the Chuck 70’s authentic feel. Converse have bolted their OG licence plate to the heel to ensure that identification credentials are period correct, while nickel-plated eyelets and cotton laces keep the forefoot on point. Contrast stitching around the tongue, a glossy heel patch and a nylon-webbing heel strip provide the finishing touches on a true trip down memory lane.

    Now can you pick which is which?

    Now can you pick which is which?

    Despite their uncannily similar appearance, the modern Converse Chuck Taylor All Star and the Chuck 70 are about as similar as you and your grandparents. But at the end of the day, to fully appreciate the exacting standards to which the old Chuck 70 has been built, you’ll just need to try them out. People love to say ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to’, but Converse just proved them wrong.

    The Converse Chuck 70 is available now from select retailers and direct from Converse online.

  • Five of the Best NBA Playoff Shoes So Far

    It’s that time of year again! Conversations are littered with words like ‘Eastern Conference’, ‘Western Conference’, ‘rebound’ and ‘assist’. The NBA playoffs are on and basketball talk is inescapable. So, in the interest of pivoting the chat away from game stats for a moment, let’s look at some of the best on-foot looks of the past week.

    Marcus Morris Playoff Protro

    Marcus Morris wearing Undefeated x Kobe 1 Protro

    Undefeated’s Protros were one of the most hyped releases at this year’s All-Star Weekend. The camo version may have received most of the attention back then, but the white and gum looked fire on the feet of Celtics’ enforcer in the team’s Round 1 face-off against Milwaukee. Not only did they look a treat, but they helped Morris to 21 points and a win for the Celtics.

    Terry Rozier Kyrie 3 Luck

    Terry Rozier looks to his shoes for some luck

    With Kyrie Irving suffering a season-ending injury, many are doubting the Celtics chances of scoring a W in the post-season. Terry Rozier invoked the luck of the Irish to get his team over the line, rocking the clover-covered Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Lucks’. And it worked: the Celtics come out on top against the Bucks. Oh and he’s scored 46 points since the series’ start.

    Pj Tucker Travis Scott Jordan 4

    PJ Tucker gives us our first look at Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 4

    We only just got wind last week of Travis Scott’s latest colab, and thanks to PJ Tucker, we’ve already seen it in action. The small forward turned up in his blue suede shoes in Game 2 against the Timberwolves, and La Flame’s fire did its magic, helping the Rockets keep their place at the top of the Western Conference.

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    LeBron channels Vince Carter’s Shox

    It would be remiss of us to compile this list without mentioning The King. For Game 1, LeBron James channelled Vince Carter’s unofficially official signature Nike Shox BB4 for his latest LeBron Watch PE, dressing his LeBron 15 in grey and purple. The shoe calls back to Carter’s famous dunk over 7’2″ Frédéric Weis at the 2000 Olympics – magic that James harnessed for his 46-point game. Unfortunately, even that couldn’t get the Cavs over the line: they lost by 18 points.

    Kevin Durant Kdx

    Kevin Durant rocks his team colours

    Blue and yellow was seen on the feet of many a Warrior this week, and KD was one of them. Game 1 saw him face off against the Spurs wearing KDX PEs in Golden State’s colours, and was nearly unstoppable. In Steph Curry’s absence, KD has been the Warrior’s lead man, and the KDXs were part of his magic – he ended the game with 24 points and seven assists.

  • Kanye West Shows Off Dozens of Unreleased Yeezys

     

    Image via @kanyewest on Twitter

    If two new albums wasn’t enough, Kanye West just gave fans more reason to be excited with a look at a ton of unreleased Adidas Yeezy sneakers.

    Unlike his last few footwear tweets which offered insight on his design process, Kanye’s kept the dialogue to a minimum, instead opting for emojis and quick quips to let the shoes do the talking.

    Sneakers previewed include a never-before-seen Yeezy Boost 350 V2 with a transparent stripe, dozens of Yeezy Boost 350 V2s a rainbow array of colors, and Yeezy 500 samples.

     

    Image via @kanyewest on Twitter

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