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A New Collaboration With CLOT Offers A Fresh Take On The Classic Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker

Submitted by on August 28, 2011 – 1:25 pmNo Comment

Outside of Nike’s Air Force 1s and Reebok’s appropriately-titled Classics, Converse’s Chuck Taylor sneakers have one of the simplest—and most iconic—designs in the game. You know exactly what you’re getting when you buy a pair of “Chucks” and Converse has rarely deviated from the tried-and-true formula that they’ve used over and over again for years now when putting together a pair of Chuck Taylors.

However, that doesn’t mean that Converse isn’t willing to experiment with their staple sneaker. Just take a look at these brand-new Chuck Taylors for proof of that. As a result of a recent collaboration with Japanese streetwear company CLOT, Converse has infused a few slight changes into this new “Handshake” model of the Chuck Taylor that makes it a must-have for any sneakerhead.

There’s nothing here that’s too drastic. The two color variations—grey and navy blue—are decidedly pretty standard for Chuck Taylors. The design is also relatively unchanged from what Converse normally delivers. However, the “Handshake” does feature two noticeable differences—silk tongue tabs and a gum strip on the front of the sole of the sneaker that pops well against the upper part of the sneaker.

Is this sneaker going to wow the hell out of your friends? Probably not. But will it force Chuck Taylor aficionados to stop you on the street and ask where you got them? Most definitely. So, do yourself a favor and pick up a pair when they drop on September 6. Those black and white Chuck Taylors will still be there when you’re through with them. We promise.

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