Upon the release of the Converse Addict collection, it left many people scratching their head as to what constitutes a Chuck Taylor All Star that ranges in the triple digits for retail price. Given the opportunity, we took a more in-depth look into the construction and characteristics of a sneaker that has endured generation upon generation of fans. The goal of the Addict line was to recreate some of the sensibilities of the Chuck Taylor circa 1960s with some new age improvements. A Vibram outsole provides a non-slip rubber with enhanced wear resistance. A Poron insert in the bed of the sneaker provides additional cushioning with a further Outlast liner for greater comfort relative to heat and temperature. Aside from that we also see a slightly different ’60s silhouette, upgraded stitching and branding on the heel dating back almost 50 years. These are the makings of the Converse Addict Chuck Taylor All Star.
Photography: Saki Tagami