Converse just put a new twist on its iconic Chuck Taylor All Star shoe. The new Chuck II marks its first redesign in 98 years. While the original low and high top kicks have always been super stylish and perfect for most occasions, they haven’t always been the most comfortable or durable. So Nike, which bought in Converse back in 2003, embedded its Lunarlon sockliner, the same bouncy foam used in its athletic sneakers, to provide better arch support and comfort allowing all day wear.
Technology aside, a few design enhancements have been made, as well. Remember when your sneaker tongue shifted throughout the day? Chuck II has a padded non-slip tongue. These kicks also feature premium canvas with eyelets to match, a stitched-on logo and a slightly higher sole. Don’t worry, the signature American sneaker still has some of its original features like the white rubber toe cap and matching sole but a makeover never hurt.
Chuck II hits stores July 28 in red, white, blue and black and are $70 for the low-tops and $75 for the high-tops.
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