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Here’s The First Ever Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Collaboration, Featuring Graffiti Artist Futura

It didn’t take another 100 years for another update to the Chuck Taylor All Star.

BY Patrick Chew | Mar 4, 2016 | Shoes

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It took Converse 98 years (yes, you read that right) to update its iconic Chuck Taylor All Star. The initial release of white, black and red Chuck Taylor II shoes sold out overnight last July, prompting Converse to release more in grey in burgundy hues, as well as in a limited-edition marble print in late 2015. 

Now the Chuck II gets its first full-on graphic-print treatment in a collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Futura whose work over the last three decades has transitioned from the streets and subways to galleries all over the world. Designed around Converse’s famous camo print and star motifs, the Chuck II features camo-printed rip-stop underlay and Futura’s distinct graphic artwork on the sneaker’s upper, lace and midsole. Available in both hi-top and ox, the shoes also have water resistant full rubber uppers and reflective laces. 

“I wanted to create a Chuck II that embodied my approach to art and life,” said Futura, aka Lenny McGurr. “From the camo to the weatherised rubber, this collection is made for function and style, for getting out on the streets and unleashing your creativity. I’m honoured to have the first opportunity to riff on the Chuck II silhouette.” 

In addition to the Chuck II footwear, the collection also features weather-ready apparel including a raglan tee updated with Futura’s signature graphic and matching camo design. In a nod to Futura’s graffiti roots and street style, a ski mask featuring reversible Converse camo in heavyweight woven cotton was also created as part of the collection. 

The Spring 2016 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Futura Collection is available at selected Limited Edition Outlets. The footwear will retail for SGD149.90-159.90 with apparel at SGD69.90.