After reintroducing the Chuck Taylor All-Star to the basketball market with 2019’s All Star Pro BB, Converse is evolving the Chuck’s hoops legacy even further with a new All Star BB Evo. Lower, lighter and more responsive than its predecessors, the Evo was crafted with feedback from Converse basketball family members like Kelly Oubre Jr, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Natasha Cloud.
5/8 cut uppers replace the high-top build of the All Star Pro BB. These uppers feature a 50/50 material split: light mesh on the lateral half for breathability and diamond textile on the medial half for stability and support. On the All Star BB Evo’s inaugural colorway, this is split between white and black, separated by grey taped seams and boasting red Chevron logos. Intentionally or otherwise, this yin and yang colorblocking calls to mind images of Nike Sportswear‘s cult classic Air Force 1 “Scarface” from 2006.
“Athletes are, more than ever, dedicated to self-expression on and off the court,” said Richard Ward, Converse’s Design Director of Footwear. “We wanted to build the upper in a way that allowed for more expressive and bold paneling through a distinctive split. This also allowed us to solve for a performance need, through lockdown and stability.” Oubre Jr. puts it more simply: “You get a feeling from it.”
From a cushioning standpoint, the All Star BB Evo uses a drop-in React foam midsole that assists players in staying on their forefeet to ensure they’re always in position for quick maneuvers. A diamond lug traction pattern rises up high on the shoe’s walls for all-over traction, and a black Chuck-inspired foxing stripe rounds off the look.
The Converse All Star BB Evo will release on the Converse webstore August 1. The MSRP is set at $115 USD.