On January 25, Converse and Vince Staples celebrate Big Fish Theory in the first capsule collection from the two, applying the album’s motifs onto Chuck 70 sneakers and Converse Essentials apparel. Vince Staples is not afraid to share his opinion. And it’s his delivery that is known to start a conversation.
The 24-year-old takes a wholly unique approach, melding thoughtful social commentary into subversive raps dropped over house beats. This unforeseen style has left him outside of the parameters that traditionally classify many young male rappers. Staples is an artist that is not easily defined.
“If you’re not really paying that much attention, you won’t know the difference. But it’s (the Chuck) something that a lot of people use to be able to assimilate into any room they’re going into – every type of person.” – Vince Staples
The Chuck 70 was selected as the key silhouette for the capsule, and is available in classic high top and oxford styles. Built off of an original 1970’s design of the Chuck Taylor All Star, the Chuck 70 is representative of a time when the sneaker had evolved to become the pinnacle of function and utility for sport.
The collection’s key colorway, orange, is a nod to the goldfish on Big Fish Theory’s cover art. This bright orange contrasts the collection’s darker tones to make for highly visible gear. Both Hi and Ox Chuck 70s are built out with an aquarium sockliner, Big Fish Theory graphic outsole, and “Vince Staples” embroidered on the medial collar. The Chuck 70 Hi boasts a “Big Fish” screen print in the collection’s bright orange that stands out against the sneaker’s black tongue.
A common design element throughout the collection is the “SEA” graphic, a tribute to Staples’ signature brand and successful Beats 1 podcast Section Eight Arthouse Broadcast System. The “SEA” of the Chuck 70s is 3D printed onto the heel with the “A” placed strategically to cross with the heel stay and transfer onto the foxing tape. On the Essentials hoodie, the “SEA” graphic is centered on the back, making a bold statement against the 360 Legacy French Terry.
The Converse x Vince Staples collection is available on Converse.com and from retailers globally starting
January 25, 2018. Quotes for Nike News:
“The story of the Chuck Taylor is accessibility and culture” – Vince Staples
“If you’re not really paying that much attention, you won’t know the difference. But it’s something that a lot of people use to be able to assimilate into any room they’re going into – every type of person.” – Vince Staples
Converse x Vince Staples Product Details and Pricing:
Chuck 70 Hi Color: Black MSRP: $110
Chuck 70 Ox Color: Orange MSRP: $100
- Vintage Canvas Upper
- Asymmetrical “Big Fish” screen printing on tongue of Hi
- “Vince Staples” tonal embroidery on medial collar
- Translucent outsole with “Big Fish” graphic
- Raised “sea” print on heel stay
Converse x Vince Staples Essentials Pull Over Hoodie Color: Orange, Black and White MSRP: $90
- Egret contrast stitching
- “Sea” print on center back
- Adjustable hood with rubber tip draw cord for personalized coverage
- Ribbed cuffs and hem for a secure fit
- Unique jock tag exclusive to the Converse Essentials collection
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