In 2018, Converse welcomed Kelly Oubre Jr. to its basketball roster in support of its return to the hardwood. The multi-talented forward – known for his energy between the baselines and unique style off the court – returns to debut the first drop in Converse’s upcoming “Chase The Drip” collection, available at Foot Locker, Champs Sports, and on Converse.com. The NBA fashion icon was given creative authority to help guide the direction of each design. In the process he channeled his rebellious approach, which served as inspiration for the design language found on the collection’s SkidGrip Hi and UNT1TL3D silhouettes.
“From the jump, Converse has given me the platform to collaborate and design product that is authentically me. This new drop is no different, it’s inspired by my passion for thrifting and is representative of my unorthodox approach to fashion. I like to create my own wave, and people recognize and appreciate that. Having Foot Locker & Champs Sports show love and help bring this to the masses is huge, I’m excited for my fans to get their hands on these.” – Kelly Oubre Jr.
The Chase the Drip x KOJ SkidGrip Hi showcases a monochromatic black upper complemented by a tearaway canvas outer layer. Influenced by Kelly Oubre Jr.’s passion for thrifting, the canvas exterior can be torn to reveal “Tsunami Papi” and “Converse” graphics on its base layer in contrasting black and white – a design cue sparked by the New Orleans native which provides the wear with multiple styling options.
For the Chase the Drip x KOJ UNT1TL3D Hi, the collection continues its better with time approach as chip away paint is applied to the black upper. Similar to the SkidGrip Hi, a “Tsunami Papi” graphic is revealed below the silhouette’s base layer in asymmetrical coloring on each lateral side. Moving towards the medial, “Tsunami Papi” and “Converse” text graphics connect to complement its abstract Star Chevron branding and complete its monochromatic look.
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