Converse – Leather High Tops by John Varvatos

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When I first saw these sneakers, I fell in love with the unequivocal darkness of them…

They invoked in me, a feeling that can only be described as the filthy grunge that you’d find under your sneakers after a hot mess of a night out.  Now I’m generally not a fan of pre distressed  pieces but there’s just something about these sneaks that yells at me…unashamed, unapologetic, ruff-like!  These high tops are to me what The Strokes are to Rock ‘n Roll.  They have an easy edge.

Worn burgundy leather reveals a faded chevron/star imprint and slightly scuffed toe caps, suggests that these have taken your feet to many a underground gig.  The vintage pinstriped inner lining and black leather trim “celebrates the spirit of rebellion”…But my favourite design element in these pair of sneakers has to be …a red All Star logo which designer John Varvatos embedded in the transparent signature diamond sole, which has been with Converse since the late 1920’s.

Converse has revolutionised the fashion identity of basketball as well as the Underground Rock ‘n Roll scene.  The brand recently paid homage to those legends who have gone before us, making traction in the music industry, by opening Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn NY, July 2011.  This recording studio is aimed at giving back to up and coming artists and allows these talented musicians to lay down tracks for free…bringing us bands such as Delta Spirit and many more…

Now I aint gonna lie…these sneaks are gonna set you back a pretty penny or two…well about R2200 to be exact… but here’s the thing, think about how long you’ve had your first pair of All Stars for, think about how you feel when you pull them on, of the stories they carry around with them, how they’ve never done you wrong – nothin but scruffy free thinking kewl comfort…

Converse – “for those independent enough not to follow”







Leather Star Player Hi Tops with Sand blast detail by John Varvatos for Converse

All images Courtesy of Gunther Schubert of Vorsprung Studio


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