Yesterday, Converse unveiled the All Star Modern, a new silhouette inspired generally by the brand's sport heritage and DNA in basketball, and specifically by the original 1920 All Star. The design ethos for the new model is grounded in a streamlined, lightweight build, and it's showcased through a general release featuring multiple colorways and a circular knit upper, as well as a limited-edition HTM release in premium goat leather upper in black or white, representing the first non-Nike shoe to carry the HTM designation.
In conjunction with the announcement of the shoe, Converse held a special media event in NYC yesterday. Invited guests got a first look at the latest iteration of the Converse All Star, while also getting an impromptu history lesson of the shoe's evolution. Converse's in-house historian, Samuel Smallidge, was on hand to discuss the original 1920 All Star, featuring the same rubber toecap, iconic round patch, leather eyelets and diamond-shaped traction system on the outsole, all of which live on in the new silhouette.
Ryan Case, Global Footwear Product Director at Converse, outlined additional details of the new Converse All Star Modern, including Nike Hyperfuse technology, a contoured full-length Phylon outsole, TPU-fused overlaid toecap and neoprene split tongue and lining. The resulting design kept the essential components while stripping away unnecessary layers for the lightest weight build possible. Check out more event recap images in the gallery below.