Converse Essentials

The Converse Essentials line was announced earlier this year. We caught a glimpse of the shop opening in Berlin, Germany.

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The Essentials, a Fall 2016 collection bears some of the classics that have been a staple in Converse and American design/apparel. They claim that the essentials line “becomes even softer with each wear”. The collection, with the FRAGMENT label includes t-shirts, hoodies, and more.

 

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Personally, I am a big fan of the classics and the Essentials line so this is something that I will be splurging on! Looking forward to a warm and cozy holiday season with this new line.

Analysts worry Nike shareholders, claiming Chuck Taylor II reboot a “flop”

The Chuck Taylor II was released in 2015. We covered the Neon release of the refresh earlier this year. The show comes with a slightly varying design (all white bumper), more padding, and a hefty price tag.

However, analysts from Wall Street are mentioning that the stock of Nike (NKE) has been drowning since the release of the shoe in 2015. Nike acquired the Chuck Taylor brand in 2003 and the overall revenue for the company sky rocketed.

We think it’s too soon to pull the plug on the Chuck Taylor II rebrand and refresh, and feel that the analysts are overlooking the brand definition of the Chuck Taylor and focusing only on the numbers. Despite the numbers not being there, the sales of Chuck Taylor original are still at a healthy stage.

Update: Looks like what we were reporting came to be true. Converse reportedly has removed Converse Chuck Taylor II from the shelves in US and Canada.

Chuck Taylor Fulton

Chuck Taylor Fulton is out with new styles. The classic rubber sole with a modern sneaker look and a pull tab for the heel. The Chuck Taylor Fulton is a clean cut look on a classic sneaker.

The Fulton is currently on display at select Converse stores around the world. What makes these sneakers super fresh is the stylistic pattern on the side with a Converse fit but modern look.

New Balance Wins Case Against Converse and Chuck Taylor Design

In 2014 Converse filed a Trademark for certain aspects of the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe design. Among other design elements, this included the stripe through the sole and aspects of the rubber toe cap, and toe bumper.

Based on the result of a ruling from 18 July 2016, the lawsuits of over 30 different shoe manufacturers has been dropped as the Trademark infringement cases did not go through.

What does this mean? Converse has less power to fight other brands from creating shoes similar to the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Does this mean that more shoes will come out like the Chuck Taylor All Star? Not likely, the shoe has been replicated in many ways by many different brands. And remember, you can always spot authentic chucks by the “ALL STAR” printed on the heel.

 

Converse Pride Collection

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The Converse Pride collection comes to us with vibrant rainbow colors and wild stylistic updates to our favorite Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Shoe. With Pride Parades coming to us throughout the nation, it’s a nice way to show off what we and others stand for – equality for all. San Francisco, being one of the largest pride parades in the nation, will kick off on June 25th so these Chucks come just in time for the festivities.



 

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Not only are these styles fresh and bold, but they are a limited edition series so be sure to grab them while they are still available.

Grab your pair at one of the links below.

 

Chuck Taylor II in Neon

Since the release of the Chuck Taylor II, we are seeing a lot of exciting collaborations and stylistic changes and updates in the new version of the shoe. Very exciting! Recently they announced a new neon set of the Chuck Taylor II. The colors are bright and very spring-like, perfect for the transition to summer and also getting them a bit roughed up in the mud!

We are a big fan of the neon color especially for its release date around this time. This goes to show that Converse is willing to stay true to the classics but also jump away from the original colors and perhaps bring out some additional variations of styling in addition to the color in the future. We would love to see a Slim version of the Chuck Taylor II, but one can only hope!