Converse Launches Limited-Edition Psychedelic All Star Chucks

Converse has added a new yet retro look to its line with the launch of the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Suminagashi, which will be released Friday. The high-tops retain the iconic 1970s All Star silhouette while also memorializing patterns seen in late 1960s and 1970s psychedelic clothing and performance art.

Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Suminagashi
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The patterns are an appropriation of the 12th-century Japanese marbling technique called Suminagashi (translated from Japanese as “ink-floating”), which involves suspending inks or pants in a liquid water surface to create an image of landscapes, clouds, vast seas and mountain ranges.

The limited-edition sneakers come in a red pair and black pair, both featuring swirling marble-patterned uppers overlaid with rubberized polka dots. The silhouette is finished by aged-gloss midsoles and toe caps. White polka dots sprinkle the outsoles, and the classic heel-patch is replaced with a glossy, all-black vintage heel patch.


Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Suminagashi
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The shoes are a part of Converse First String, a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. In March, the Converse One Star ’74 Fragment Design sneakers — also part of the First String collection — sold out the same day of their launch.

The unisex Converse All Star Chuck ’70 Suminagashi will retail for $90 and can be purchased at Converse stores, Converse.com and select First String retailers worldwide beginning on Friday.

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