ComplexCon is making its way to Chicago this weekend for the very first time and you can expect lots of dope activations as well as some highly sought after exclusive sneaker releases. One of those is coming from Converse as they have tapped LA-based creatives, Joshua Vides and Chinatown Market‘s Michael Cherman for a special collaboration that centers around the Converse Chuck 70.
As a streetwear brand known to turn consumers into creators, Chinatown Market continues to unlock style through customization. With a notable ability to incite the creativity of its community, Converse and Chinatown Market conceptualized a light-sensitive, multi-tone asymmetrical canvas upper, which transforms from a muted palette to a bold saturated palette using UV activated ink, when exposed to UV light. The playful, explorative take on the Chuck 70 canvas, is intended to be activated, enhanced and permanented by an individual?s environment and lifestyle.
Diverging from his notable black-and-white marker-style, LA-based artist Joshua Vides also explores the nuances of the silhouette. Utilizing his signature linework on the mid- and outsole, he redrew the lines of Chuck 70, crafting a black and white base layer with subtle linework. Then, with a desire to ensure the wearer can adapt the shoe to their individual style, concepted interchangeable Velcro hook and loop panels in custom Pantone colorways that overlay the canvas base.
This DIY attitude is also celebrated with Converse?s UNT1TL3D pack. Chucks canvas has always inspired personalization, whether through the stains, scuffs and patina developed along the way or through intention contributions on the canvas written in ink. UNT1TL3D evokes the latter — with an exaggerated midsole and upper that features hand drawn iterations of the phrase ? Not A Chuck ? the pack invites the opportunity for a wearer to adapt, interpret and style as they see fit.
The three new interpretations will be available in limited quantities during ComplexCon Chicago on July 20 & 21 at the Foot Locker x Converse Supermall booth open from 9AM to 8PM. Converse x UNT1TL3D will be available on July 26 for $70, and Converse x Joshua Vides will be available for $95-$100 on August 16 at Foot Locker stores nationwide. Converse x Chinatown Market will be available at 12:01AM EST on July 20 at Foot Locker stores nationwide on August 2 for $110.
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