Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY: SS13
Off the back of their two previously successful collections, Converse have once again partnered with Japanese label Comme des Garçons to produce four new styles of the iconic Converse Pro Leather sneaker.
Comme des Garçons PLAY is the casual, streetwear influenced sub-line from the avant-garde Japanese label. The Converse Pro Leather model was first launched back in 1976 as a performance basketball shoe and has since evolved into an iconic lifestyle sneaker – a great shoe both on and off the court.
Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo designed the collection, which applies the brand’s signature quirky heart-with-eyes logo onto the hi and low models. The playful logo has become synonymous with CDG and is utilised as a random all-over print, ensuring each pair of shoes is unique. The pattern is a perfect fit for both brands, helping celebrate their creative and irreverent spirit.
The low cut designs feature red hearts on either a black or white base and cost £95. However, the highlights of the collection are the monochrome hi-top versions, priced at £100. Black and white will never go out of style, and these shoes only emphasis this with their timeless palette and crisp print. Colour ways include white hearts on a black leather base, or black hearts on a white leather base.
Overall, the range is a superb fusion of classic all-American style and Japanese quirk. Coming in at under £100, it is also a limited edition collection that is affordable for the everyday male – especially when you consider the quality of the manufacturing and design kudos attached.
You can shop the collection now at Dover Street Market, London or online at doverstreetmarket.com.