Barber, skater, designer and stylist Ibn Jasper has teamed up with Converse for a brand new take on its classic Pro Leather silhouette. Growing up in 1980s Chicago, Ibn heavily rotated the silhouette as well as Converse’s Weapon on the basketball courts, which further intensified his love for sneaker culture.
Worn by Julius Erving on the pro court in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Converse has reissued its archived Pro Leather silhouette for the project, with Ibn reinterpreting the classic in a way that combines basketball, skating, and music. Ibn notes that the shoe’s “aesthetic is based on a photo of Dr. J. walking into the arena with an all-white outfit. He looks like he just stepped off of the runway. I thought to myself: ‘How can I distill this image and vibe into a capsule collection?’.”
Doused in white leather with a grey suede overlap near the midsole, the shoe honors Erving’s sophisticated style, offering itself up as an homage to the player’s legacy within Basketball. The shoe features embossed Roman numerals near the collar, further granting a sense of historical weight to the contemporary take. More details include a zipper that runs vertically down the lacing region, a “1976” lace dubrae that nods to the year of the shoe’s debut, a snaked embossed tongue, brass hardware, embossed Stripe and Star logos on the heel and medial regions, and metallic stitched detailing on the lateral sides. The shoes have been finished off with a pink leather interior and a cream-colored outsole.
Take a look at the forthcoming Ibn Jasper x Converse Pro Leather in the gallery above. The shoes will be available via Converse’s website and select retailers globally on September 26 for $120 USD.
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