Converse have started to collaborate with high-fashion designers that have a niche following. Most recently they linked with London-based Paria Farzaneh on an ultra-technical Pro Leather X2, and now they’ve enlisted Telfar to rework converse chuck 70. Headed by Telfar Clemens, the New York–based genderless brand Telfar has already attracted a large cult-following, and were recently thrust into the mainstream because of their signature bag nicknamed the ‘Bushwick Birkin’.
Where the original version was very mil-spec in olive and brown tones, the second edition’s Lichen Green/Piedmont Grey colourway is relatively more civilian while remaining uber utilitarian. The colab achieves this with the protective tongue shroud that loops around some retrofitted speed hooks. For even more fit customisation, these asics gel lyte have a secondary toggled lace closure called the ‘Rebel Lace System’ that cinches around the ankle for quick on/off.
Paul Rodriguez‘s skate imprint Primitive is linking up with New Balance Numeric for another collaboration, this time giving the iconic new balance 574 a skate-ready makeover.The tan tones will suit the colder months up north, with the wheat-hued uppers constructed with thick suede overlays, and bolstered with a reinforced mesh base. Adding to the mix is golden yellow and black accents, which hit on the heels, as well as the branding on the midfoot signature N logo and tongue. Primitive print is seen on the mudguard – likely to fall victim to the abrasive griptape – with another callout featuring on the co-branded tongue badge.
As the lengthy model name reveals, the air jordan 1 is retrofitted with some modern technology to make the 35-year-old basketball shoe that bit more comfortable. Soft suede, slightly unstructured uppers instantly hug the foot, working in tandem with fairly plush foam lining that is exposed at the ankle collar, revealing the comfort credentials inside. Beneath the surface is Zoom Air tech in the soles, providing extra cushioning underfoot."