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John Varvatos Adds Zippers To The Iconic Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers

Submitted by on May 14, 2012 – 10:43 amNo Comment

Messing with a classic design is always a risky proposition. After all, a classic is a classic for a reason. It’s viewed as something that’s perfect—or as close to “perfect” as a person or company can get—so by messing with perfection, you can actually create something that’s a complete fail. That’s particularly true when it comes to sneakers. Over the years, sneaker companies have tried to build on iconic designs. And, in most cases, they’ve failed to improve on whatever it is they originally had. However, we can safely say that that is not the case with the new Converse Chuck Taylor “Double Zip” created by John Varvatos.

At first glance, the Converse Chuck Taylor “Double Zip” looks exactly like every other Chuck Taylor out there. If you saw Wiz Khalifa wearing a pair of these—we know, we know, he doesn’t wear Chucks anymore, right?—you wouldn’t think twice. But, upon further review, it’s clear that Varvatos made one huge change to his Chuck Taylors: He added zippers to them. In fact, he added a double zip entry to them that probably makes them easier to get on but also makes them look a little bit different than the iconic Chucks that we’ve seen for years now. But, surprisingly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The double zip entry actually makes us more likely to pick up a pair of these. Varvatos did his thing here and created a sneaker that builds on the perfection of the original design.

Of course, there’s a little bit of bad news here, too. Because Varvatos did such a good job on the “Double Zips,” they’re going to cost you a pretty penny. Unlike regular Chucks which go for well under $100, the “Double Zip” is available now for $140. That’s quite the markup for a pair of Chucks. But, it’s also available in four unique colorways—Chili Pepper, Beluga, Tarmac, and White—which makes the high price tag a little more bearable. We don’t usually say this, but thanks to Converse and Varvatos for messing with an iconic design.  It was risky. But, the reward was definitely worth the risk.

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