In case you haven’t heard, this week Converse announced the redesign of its iconic Chuck Taylor Sneakers. The release of the Chuck Taylor All Star II marks the first time the timeless kicks got a revamp since their debut in 1917. But are truly timeless items meant for makeovers?
The classic Chuck Taylors have proved to be loyal sidekicks through life’s most memorable moments. From angsty middle school concerts to high school house parties, and then upgrading to college tailgates when it came time, I’m pretty sure I’ve been running in these sneakers far longer than Drake’s been running through the six. Despite the slight lack of comfort, Chuck Taylors have been a reliable partner-in-crime. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’m ready for them to get a makeover.
In general, the new design looks similar to the original with a few updates that promise to make the sneaker more comfortable. However, Jim Calhoun, president and CEO of Converse, said in a statement that he hopes to be “…ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking.”
Here’s to hoping the new way of thinking isn’t too far from the one we’ve known and loved, and that these comfort upgrades don’t take too much of a toll on the design. Because if there’s one thing I’m willing to suffer for, it’s definitely fashion.
The Chuck Taylor All Star II officially launched July 28th. What do you guys think?