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Converse | Stüssy x Converse Elm shoe

Converse Stüssy x Converse Elm shoe

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.

Converse Stüssy x Converse Elm shoe

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.

Converse Stüssy x Converse Elm shoe

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.

Converse Stüssy x Converse Elm shoe

Vans | Rowley SPV skate shoe

Vans Rowley SPV - Geoff Rowley skate shoe

“It has no fucking gimmicks. It’s the lightest, lowest, grippiest shoe you could possibly make. That’s basically it really.”

I could just leave this review at Geoff Rowley’s quote above and be done with it, as what he’s saying is pretty much the truth. However, considering my homeboy Charlie at Vans was kind enough to send me a pair, that’s a bit lazy… and, to be honest, these are definitely worth a bit of investigation. This isn’t your basic plimsoll.

The SPV (Super Pro Vulc) is pretty much everything I thought it wouldn’t be. Firstly, it’s really comfortable for such a lightweight shoe: I’ve had issues with such thin shoes being flimsy and non-supportive, but the SPV has a really firm heel back. The uppers seem like they could take a pounding, as the one-piece suede front section has no real joins or seams to fall apart at all.

Vans Rowley SPV - Geoff Rowley skate shoe

The sole is, as you’d expect, flexible and allows a lot of feel for the board. Whether your feet can take the abuse of throwing yourself down sets of stairs in these like Mr. Rowley is another thing altogether, but for flip tricks and tight control, these are going to be perfect. There appears to be a high-abrasion section right where you need it and the nice waxed laces are able to take a lot more abuse than standard laces for sure.

Vans Rowley SPV - Geoff Rowley skate shoe

Vans are really good at breaking down a skate shoe into the most basic components and then ensuring that what’s left is up to the job. And the Rowley SPV is the perfect testament to this.

R.I.P. Jim Van Doren.

Vans Rowley SPV - Geoff Rowley skate shoe