Before merging with the NBA in 1976, the ABA was the freewheeling spirit of the basketball world — popularizing the three-point shot, playing with a red, white and blue basketball and introducing stars like Julius “Dr.J” Erving and David Thompson. Now, Converse is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the leagues’ merger with a colorful three-shoe collection consisting of new takes on the Chuck 70 Hi, All Star BB Evo and G4.
One may be a lifestyle shoe while the other two are modern-day performance models, but all three boast an enamel red, white and blue color scheme. The high-top Chuck 70 features an all-over print that nods to some of the ABA’s most famous folded franchises like the Pittsburgh Condors, the San Diego Conquistadors and the Oakland Oaks, and boasts metallic gold eyelets. The All Star BB Evo serves up a signature split design with a red lateral side and blue medial side, plus embroidered gold Converse Chevron logos. Last but not least the G4 supplies asymmetrical red and blue detailing of its own, albeit in a much more low-key fashion. ABA logos appear on both the All Star BB Evo and G4’s tongue, and the Evo adds another under the translucent outsole.
The Converse ABA collection is set to release via the Converse webstore come November 12, with the Chuck 70 Hi priced at $85 USD, the All Star BB Evo at $115 USD and the G4 at $120 USD.
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