We show converse from time to time, from collaborations such as Missoni to the always fresh Jack Purcell. Here we take a look at some solid deadstock 1970’s models just because they’re so damn handsome. These are rather special, Made in the USA converse, the earlier the better, are much sought after by collectors, with production moving to China in latter years. The quality of these is immense, and as nearly all of us have owned a pair of chucks at some point, the difference is apparent as soon as you pick them up.
The canvas, thick and rough, was around 3 ply in the early years, much heavier than today. The heel would often feature a blue or black box stateing their orgins. Comfort though, is probably be the biggest difference. The ‘Comfort Sole’, printed insoles gave a gel like cushion under foot, creating a sports shoe as oppposed to today’s more casual Chuck. As Defy points out, vintage converse are often used as the basis for modern versions by labels such as Visvim and their Kiefer hi. Other points such as stitching, colour run on the sole, the interesting packaging – make these something to look out for at your local vintage store.