The connection between Converse and the outdoors has been with the footwear since their first year of production back in 1908. Throughout the last century and specifically during the 1920’s, 1950’s and 1970’s, Converse provided a wide range of sporting boots and sneakers for those looking comfort and support off the streets and in the wild outdoors.
In celebration of that history with the outdoors, the Converse First String program – an arm of the Converse family that celebrates the history and craftsmanship of the footwear maker through high level collaborations – worked with New England’s Highland Boot Company of Brewer, Maine on the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star “Made in Maine” boot.
The limited edition boot is a special one that looks to remind us all of the disappearing history of hand-crafted, American-made footwear. By working with the Highland Boot Company in Maine, Converse continues to support their New England roots but also the footwear makers that thrived in the region.
The construction of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Made in Maine boot is quality. Converse and the Highland Boot Co. utilize oiled chamois Horween leather from Chicago on the exterior with contrasting stitch lines. The upper sits on a very heavy duty Vibram Jumbo Ripple outsole which is formed with leather board construction allowing for the boot to be re-soled in the future after years of wear and use. Leather laces finish off the boot very well. This Vibram sole and the look it has against the upper is a unique and strong one.
Consider the Converse Made in Maine boot an addition to your footwear collection for some time. It is built tough enough for you to pass down to future generations where they too can discover Converse’s rich legacy of sporting shoes.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Made in Maine Collection launches November 30, 2012 at Converse boutiques in New York City and Boston, and select First String retailers globally. 80 pairs will be available for $350 a pair. This is an investment but one that will remain with you for decades.
We shares looks through the Converse Made in Maine boot production line at the Highland Boot Co. as well as sharing a selection of vintage Converse advertisements showcasing their sporting footwear, in our gallery.