Converse Fall/Winter 2011 Footwear & Accessories
June 17, 2011 1 Comment
Ever since its inception in 1908, independence has always has been the cornerstone of the Converse name. When Marquis Mills Converse declared, “Our company was organized in 1908 fully believing that there was an earnest demand from the retail shoe dealer for a rubber shoe company that would be independent enough not to follow every other company in every thing they do,” did he think that over 100 years on, that philosophy would remain steadfast?
It’s All Style To Me was invited to preview Converse’s FW11 Collection due to hit stores this August and I can tell you, the coming Fall/Winter 2011 Collection has some cool updated looks for the guys. On the upper floor of Toronto’s popular Queen-Ossington local LeVack Block, media were given an informative tour of their latest selection footwear and accessories for men, women, and kids. My personal favourites: the Converse X John Varvatos, the classic Chuck Taylors, the preppy Jack Purcell’s. A pair of Converse for every occasion. New for this season and sure to be a huge hit with kids and teens are the licensed Converse DC Comics editions. Hell, I want a pair. Waxed cotton variations, double-zip sneakers, rugged boots, and the desert boot à la Converse (1974 One Stars & JV Sprint Skidgrips) are easy to get excited about. A first for Converse this year, is the introduction of their bags and accessories which includes a belt with hidden bottle opener behind the buckle. Handy for those ‘bottles of pop’ no doubt.
CONVERSE X JOHN VARVATOS
The absolute best of Converse, the JV Chuck Taylor All Stars and Pro Leathers are my favourites. Premium iconic rock and roll weathered footwear push the boundaries of a classic silhouette using premium leather, complete with burnished toes and mid soles. Double zips are a nice touch as are the multi-eyelets. Try these on with your most beat-up jeans and a leather biker jacket. The Ramones got nothing on you. Suggested Retail Price: $160-200
CONVERSE JACK PURCELLS
The men’s Jack Purcells (Johnnys) embraces elite tradition mixed with playful irreverence, exemplified by the mischievous smile on the toe of each shoe. With more of a collegiate/preppy feel, the fall collection utilizes premium textiles, stitching and details on the iconic silhouettes. A nod to privileged tennis heritage combined with funloving rebellion, Jack Purcell continues to shake things up and push boundaries. Throw them on with a pair of trouser shorts or khakis/chinos and a polo shirt or sweater for a sophisticated look. I would give the white ones a go with a cotton khaki two-piece suit. Suggested Retail Price: $90
Firmly rooted in Americana, Converse boots are front and center for the Fall with modern takes on classic silhouettes. Showcasing a celebration of the great outdoors with rugged, heritage-inspired boots the FW11 boot collection builds on Converse’s heritage of making boots and shoes for hunting, fishing, and the U.S. military. Next season’s collection features stylish new boots for men and women with winterready materials and sturdy construction. They’ll go great with your fishing tackle and outdoor gear by Filson, Eddie Bauer, and LL Bean. You could rock out the black leather ones with just about anything. Suggested Retail Price: $130 ($70 for kids)
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