Converse trainers have been considered design classics since 1908. Little wonder, then, that most styles remained largely unchanged until recently.
Tasked with taking those designs to the next level under the guardianship of Nike, design trio Mark Parker, Tinker Hatfield, and Hiroshi Fujiwara (better known as HTM) have been working to incorporate more contemporary styling and technology into the archive models.
The latest sneaker to get a major facelift is the Auckland Racer, the original Converse running shoe from the 1970s. Now known as the Auckland Modern, the reboot swaps out the original lace-up canvas design for a breathable mesh upper, atop layers of Nike Hyperfuse technology.
The new-and-improved version, which comes in five colourways, is capped off with the star logo to ensure it remains unmistakably Converse.
The Converse Auckland Modern Low Top HTM is available at Nike, priced £105.