Few sneakers have had as monumental an influence as the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. Though founded in 1917 with the intention of crafting the All-American basketball shoe, it was the arrival of semi-professional basketball player Charles “Chuck” Taylor at the company that revolutionised their trademark sneaker. Bearing Chuck Taylor’s seal of approval, from the 1920s to the 1970s, the Converse All-Star became the basketball shoe of choice for players all over. The 70s was also the era in which, noting the shoe’s practical and aesthetic appeal, it was adopted by disparate subcultures across the US and the world.
It was with this heritage in mind that Converse launched the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 series in 2013. Inspired by the shoe’s 70s design, the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Hi pairs vintage features with contemporary detailing. Here in the classic black colourway, this shoe features heavier canvas construction, 1970 custom eyelets, and higher rubber foxing. Perhaps most importantly, the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Hi sports the feature that made it most appealing to the basketball players and misfits of the 70s: a thick, cushioned sole.
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