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As part of their ongoing First String collaboration series Converse teamed up with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne-based designer Nigel Cabourn, who is probably best known for his take on men’s heritage and military-inspired garments.

For this collection the English designer reworked the rugged Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey, adding his distinct personal spin while staying true to its rich American heritage. The sneaker features a durable Ventile upper – a special fabric which was conceived for WW2 flight suits to protect Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pilots when they ejected from their planes into icy waters.

The all-new Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty Plimsole fuses a 1941 British P.E. training shoe with vintage Converse detailing. Crafted from ultra high-grade Italian denim, the sneaker features canvas lining and utilitarian garment detailing.

The Bosey will be available from Thursday, April 12 whereas the Plimsole will hit the shelves on June 14, exclusively at End Clothing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Concepts in Boston, and Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam.

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