It’s all very well having a wardrobe stuffed with fluorescent runners and logo-tastic skate shoes, but as I get older there are more and more occasions when something more subdued… more grown-up… more stylish is called for. A lot of mediocre sneaker silhouettes and shapes are hidden by use of materials and colour blocking. Reminds me of graffiti, in some ways.
The Converse Elm model leaves peripheral embellishments to the side and concentrates on simplicity: one-piece uppers, clean herringbone tread patterns and vulcanized midsoles. This would be a simple review of the basic shoe, but the nice people at Converse sent over the new Stüssy collaboration model for me to have a look at and it deserves a little more than a one paragraph write-up.
Everything looks a little more bulletproof on this serving: a luxurious leather construction replaces the suede on the regular model, D-ring eyelets replace the standard lace holes and you get two sets of hiking-quality laces thrown in as well. Gone is the Converse flash on the side and in its place is a very tasteful Stüssy debossed logo. I’ve seen a nice beige/tan colour edition, a distressed green/brown version and the black ones that I’m featuring here.
One top-shelf shoe indeed – and you’d best get on the trail right now, as they dropped back at the start of April. Thanks C-Law and all in Boston for sending these over.
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