Converse has joined its Nike, Inc brethren — Jordan Brand and the Swoosh itself — in the Move to Zero initiative by debuting a brand-new Chuck Taylor All Star Crater. Directly inspired by Nike Sportswear‘s well-received Space Hippie line, this new iteration of the Chuck manages to introduce a masterfully modern build while retaining its century-long heritage, an effort that required the input of more than 100 Converse employees.
Re-working a style as storied as the Chuck is no small task, so the Crater retains the OG Chuck’s classic high-top cut, toe cap, foxing stripe and collar badge for familiarity. Midsoles are constructed entirely of Crater foam, molded specifically to fit a traditional last. Uppers are made of a new material called Morphlon, which combines recycled polyester with post-industrial textile waste scraps for a classic canvas-style feel. New stitched patterns on the heel, midfoot, and pull tab-equipped collar add a dash of extra sauce.
Constructed of over 40% recycled material by weight, the Chuck Taylor All-Star Crater is one of Converse’s most sustainable styles to date. Apart from serving as a key pillar of the aforementioned Move to Zero initiative, it’s also set to inform the design ethos of Converse’s popular Renew line as well.
All three colorways of the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Crater will release on the Converse webstore come July 23. Retail for each is set at $95 USD.
Looking for more masterfully sustainable kicks from the greater Nike umbrella? Check out Jordan Brand’s own “Crater” collection, made up of the Air Jordan 1 High Zoom, Crater, and Crater Slide.