Jill talking about Chuck Taylors today reminded me that Converse is releasing music inspired Converse sneakers in high top and low top versions.
Check it out:
CONVERSE DEBUTS ITS PREMIUM INSPIRED FOOTWEAR COLLECTIONS CELEBRATING THE BRAND’S INDELIBLE CONNECTIONS TO MUSIC AND CULTURE
Celebrating Converse’s diverse and authentic historical roots in sports and pop culture, the company introduces a selection of premium footwear for Fall 2008. A continuation of the brand’s 100th anniversary celebration, the collections reference the brand’s undeniable influence on pop culture and music with decidedly modern styling, materials and detailing. Using references that range from secret geometry to electronic music, and the Grateful Dead, each of the unique styles are designed to honor the genres and movements in music and culture that have disrupted the status quo. Key collections include Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, The Doors, The Who, Ozzy, and Pink Floyd.
From the beginning in 1965, the Grateful Dead set its own standards and redefined music and the live concert experience. The band’s apparent disdain for the status quo enabled them to become music’s most enduring success story, and what began as a freewheeling group of musicians transformed into one of the most powerful icons in American pop culture. Serving as a canvas, the collection pays homage to the Grateful Dead legacy through simple execution with detailing left to the powerful imagery and artwork for which has become forever associated with the Grateful Dead. Featuring the two artists who were at the forefront of San Francisco’s renaissance of graphic poster art in the 1960s and 1970s, Alton Kelley’s and Stanley Mouse’s artwork is featured prominently; Skull & Roses is one of the icon pieces featured. The famous dancing bears round out this amazing collection that includes Chuck Taylor® All Star® high top and oxford shoes. Available in black/blue/grenadine, black/bears, white/blue/grenadine leather, white/bears, white/grenadine/gold and white/multiple, shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $40 – $70 and will be available at www.Journeys.com and Journeys stores.
All-Star High Top Grateful Dead Skull:
All-Star Lo Top Grateful Dead Bears:
Inspired by the Black Sabbath metal anthem Iron Man, these Chuck Taylor® All Star® high top shoes have hard-core details that shout individuality. A tribute to the sound that, in the 1970s emerged and changed the music landscape forever, these shoes feature smooth, monochrome black leather uppers with metallic detailing and Sabbath-signature purple accented linings. Metalwork and hardcore buckles combined with rich black leathers give the Jack Purcell® shoe version an especially industrial look and extreme attitude. Prints on the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe versions showcase iconic Black Sabbath artwork. The Jack Purcell shoe is available in parchment/black canvas. The Chuck Taylor All Star shoes come in high top black/white, black/white/gold and parchment/black canvas. Shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $50 – $100 and will be available in Journeys stores and Journeys.com beginning in October.
All Star Hi-Top Black Sabbath Black Canvas:
Revolutionary in both sound and lyrics, embodying a spirit of rebellion and joy, The Doors helped usher in a new musical era. Challenging convention at every turn, legendary frontman and poet Jim Morrison turned every performance into an unforgettable ritual – while keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore forged a mind-altering blend of rock, blues, jazz, latin groove and experimental sonics. After The Doors, nothing would ever be quite the same. They charted a new path for modern music, and scores of imitators would follow in their footsteps.
In honor of the band’s extraordinary legacy, Converse will debut a new collection of Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoes. The song “The Unknown Soldier” inspired the military-style, high-top shoe with combat-fatigue detailing and black soles. With the lyric “It’s all over” emblazoned on its outer heel, it’s a wearable work of art with real graphic power. A comfort-pack footbed and other premium details give it added comfort and a premium look and feel. Adding psychedelic flair to daily wear, The Doors’ classic logo is subtly embossed in glossy detailing over a monochrome black, leather high-top version. In addition, a white low-top version features the logo in a unique print that blends the canvas and rubber side-wall into one. The Chuck Taylor® All Star® high-top shoe is available in vineyard green/black canvas or black/black leather. An oxford version is available in white/black canvas. Shoes in this collection retail for MSRP $50 – $150 and will be available in Journeys stores and Journeys.com beginning in November.
Here’s a sneak peak at the shoes: