Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers

I love my classic retro sneakers, and for most people the black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high tops ...

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans / Diamond Supply Co. "Runnin' Shit Since '98" Tee / Maharishi x G-Shock GD-X6900MH “Lunar Bonsai Camo” Watch by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham
Diamond Supply Co. "Runnin' Shit Since '98" Tee by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans / Diamond Supply Co. "Runnin' Shit Since '98" Tee / Maharishi x G-Shock GD-X6900MH “Lunar Bonsai Camo” Watch by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham
Diamond Supply Co. "Runnin' Shit Since '98" Tee by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans / Diamond Supply Co. "Runnin' Shit Since '98" Tee / Maharishi x G-Shock GD-X6900MH “Lunar Bonsai Camo” Watch by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans / Maharishi x G-Shock GD-X6900MH “Lunar Bonsai Camo” Watch by Tom Cunningham
Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans / Diamond Supply Co. "Runnin' Shit Since '98" Tee / Maharishi x G-Shock GD-X6900MH “Lunar Bonsai Camo” Watch by Tom Cunningham
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit Sneakers / Prps P43P03E Barracuda ‘Ripedo’ Jeans by Tom Cunningham


I love my classic retro sneakers, and for most people the black Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high tops epitomise thisThe Chuck Taylor is probably a shoe, that most people have owned at some stage of their life.  I was interested in reading that it is touted as the first non Nike shoe to feature the Flyknit tech.  We really need to add a caveat to this though, as Converse have been a subsidiary of Nike since 2014.  Taking this into account I was not massively surprised to see Nike's signature Flyknit tech appear on a pair of ConverseI guess I was more surprised it has taken them so long to do it.

Anyway I was lucky enough to give these a spin on the weekend and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the whole shoe.

It adds several layers of tech, including the excellent Nike "Lunarlon" insole for that extra level of comfort and the lightweight but durable Flyknit upper, whilst still maintaining its classic Chuck Taylor All Star feel.  They haven't changed the main style and overall appearance of the shoe, they have simply upgraded the tech and materials used to enhance it's natural characteristics.  By introducing subtle changes to the shoe they have been respectful to it's history and for me there in lies the success of this release and how to update a classic. 

This process is a tough proposition for companies nowadays to innovate and create something new especially when working off older models.  So often for me tweaking something that is classic can backfire, as for the most part people who love the original will rail against any form of progression.  I would say I have a tendency to adopt this mindset, although I like to think I am open minded enough to try things before forming an opinion.  Ultimately when it is done right, with respect of the original, well you get a result like this.  It certainly makes me realise it is important to be open to new things and move with the times.  Of course keep your classics, but don't always discount something new just because you loved the original, you might be missing out on the next future classic.  

All round this is a fantastic job and I expect to see Converse & Nike releasing a range of lines combining this tech. For now though these Chuck Taylor Flyknit joints are available in white, black, wolf grey, teal and indigo, on the Converse website.  Don't sleep on them they are sure to be popular.


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