As the year hits its mid-point, Converse continues the celebration of its 100th year with the preview of the label's Fall product lineup. The design cues for the upcoming season takes a nod at music and pop culture once again. This time with electronica music genre and the Grateful Dead. Designers also paid tribute to the label's rich history as one of the first athletic performance wear brands. Stated Converse Global Footwear Creative Director, Scott Patt, "As we continue into the second half of the Converse Century with our Fall 2008 Footwear Collection, we celebrate the renegades of sound, the league-changers and those with flawless style. They are the ones who have created the last 100 years of Converse history and will be the ones to define the next 100 years."
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Converse - Chuck Taylor All Star Electronic Music - 105449
These futuristic, over-the-rainbow shoes are inspired by music and science and feature ultra-modern, vibrant colors and patterns, coupled with premium construction and materials. Available in Chuck Taylor All Star shoes in high top and oxford versions, the collection features a satin upper in a gradient rainbow of colors, subtly and stylishly evoking spacey, ambient, other worldly music. Available in multi/silver, rainbow, orange/red and blue/green, shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $84 and will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in June.
Converse - Jack Purcell Specialty and Jack Purcell V-4 - 105483
The Jack Purcell Specialty shoes feature the traditional shoe silhouette and a version in monochrome black features subtle blue piping along its saddle shoe detail while a brown version features deep lavender piping. The result is a collection of richly crafted shoes that exude the understated sports lifestyle for which the Jack Purcell shoe has become known. The Jack Purcell V-4 shoe has a fourth strap making this all leather high-top perfect for night time flings. Jack Purcell Specialty shoes are available in black/blue and brown/deep lavender and retails for MSRP $85. Jack Purcell V-4 shoes are available in grey/green and retail for MSRP $95. Both styles will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in June.
Converse - Weapons Extensions - 105546
Drawing on Converse's rich basketball history and modern styling, Converse's Fall 2008 Extensions collection includes some of the best colors and materials yet with updated centennial re-issues of the Poorman Pro Leather shoes and debut of its Pro Team and Pro Weapon shoe styles. These hybrids of the Pro Leather 1976, Weapon and the Pro Team shoes feature multi-colored canvas uppers in striking colors that really pop. Leather versions in more subtle colors feature strong color accents and ultra clean styling. Highlights from this collection include a Poorman Pro Team shoe that features a mostly monochrome black upper with a grey star chevron and hiking boot laces. A white sole rounds it out making it a super striking shoe in the collection. The Poorman Weapon shoe also features the clean styling of the other leather shoes in the collection, but also exhibits unique perforation detailing that gives it an unmistakable look. Available in black/lava/gold, blue/white/red, black/milk, grey/black/red/white and grey/red/black/white, the shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $50 - $60 and will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in June.
Converse - Odessa and Wave Trainer - 105428
The Odessa and Wave Trainer shoes feature a tongue-in-cheek nod to some of the sport's worst record times ever with famously slow running times stitched on the side of the shoes. The Odessa shoes feature premium leather uppers and unique, original lacing detail that give these shoes a stand-out, fresh look and feel. The Wave Trainer shoes also feature rich leathers, but also include the iconic Converse star chevron logo on the sides. Both styles feature unique textured mesh materials and bold modern colors. Adding to the fun and quirky detailing, each shoe has a special insole graphic of marathon participants reacting to how it feels to be last place. Available in black/purple, brown/green/yellow, purple/green/yellow and white/black/orange, shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $80 - $90 and will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in June.
Converse WMN - Chuck Taylor All Star Light - 506216
A new, clean, simple take on the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe, the Chuck Taylor All Star Light shoes feature a chic, slimmer construction with minimal detailing and additional arch support. Designed specifically for women, the new model retains key details that have made the original shoe legendary, including the Converse All Star patch, familiar toe-cap and tread pattern. Available in gold, silver, pink or black canvas, shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $62 and will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in July.
Converse - Chuck Taylor All Star Low Profile - 105439
A spare, clean take on the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe this low profile shoe features black deconstructed premium leather uppers and slim, white rubber soles. D-ring closures give them ease, simplicity and a decidedly modern look. Also inspired by secret geometry, a vibrant prism print lining gives these shoes an unexpected color pop and relaxed look and feel. Available in black/white/multi, shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $94 and will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in July.
Converse - Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Grateful Dead - 106014F
Converse - Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Grateful Dead - 10618F
From the beginning in 1965, the Grateful Dead set its own standards and redefined music and the live concert experience. The band's apparent disdain for the status quo enabled them to become music's most enduring success story, and what began as a freewheeling group of musicians transformed into one of the most powerful icons in American pop culture. Serving as a canvas, the collection pays homage to the Grateful Dead legacy through simple execution with detailing left to the powerful imagery and artwork for which has become forever associated with the Grateful Dead. Featuring the two artists who were at the forefront of San Francisco's renaissance of graphic poster art in the 1960s and 1970s, Alton Kelley's and Stanley Mouse's artwork is featured prominently; Skull & Roses, Europe '72 album artwork and Ice Cream Boy are three of the icon pieces featured. The famous dancing bears and Grateful Dead logo round out this amazing collection that includes Chuck Taylor All Star high top and oxford shoes. Available in black/blue/grenadine, black/bears, white/blue/grenadine leather, white/bears, white/grenadine/gold and white/multiple, shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $40 - $70 and will be available nationwide at specialty retailers and online at www.converse.com beginning in June.