It’s been a bad year for winter footwear. Usually, we get the chance to leave our comfort zones and try out some more rugged styles when the weather worsens, but seeing as we spent most of our winters locked inside, we kind of skipped that phase. To the dismay of many, and the joy of more, though, we’re moving steadily towards the bright lights of summer sneakers and we’ve got our minds set on the all-time great: there is no summer shoe like the Converse Chuck Taylor 70.
Introduced in 2013, the Chuck Taylor 70 takes after the All Star styles of the late ‘60s and ‘70s which populated basketball courts. It landed as a welcome distraction from the ubiquitous classic All Star with a handful of subtle alterations. A higher midsole combines with thicker canvas for a more durable take on the lightweight sneaker while a smaller toe cap, reinforced sections, and one-piece sole unit round out the variations.
The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 quickly became the favored silhouette for exclusive drops and collaborations alike thanks to its higher quality. But, alongside these limited drops, the 70 also makes the ideal summer staple in its most basic forms. So, in honor of a veritable summer essential, here are our favorite Converse Chuck Taylor 70s for summer.
Keep scrolling for the Chuck Taylor 70 you'll wear this summer.
This pair of 70s is exclusive to Canadian retailer SSENSE. a collision of color blocks and materials gives this pair character while keeping things highly understated.
Using dye extracted from actual grapes, onions, and other plant-based materials, the Chuck Taylor 70 Plant Color proves that the 70 still has room to develop and that excites us.
We already told you that the 70 is the ultimate summer shoe, but in case you didn't get it, here's a Hawaiian shirt in Chuck Taylor form. No, not just designed to look like a Hawaiian shirt, each pair of these is unique because they're made out of actual upcycled tropical shirts.
Tie-dye is in, haven't you heard? Converse has, and the good people at Converse know how much we love a bit of tie-dye in the sunshine so they rightfully named this pair Summer Daze.
Converse's SS21 offering featured a range of paint-splattered pairs. We're not saying there's anything lacking in a pair of black 70s — there absolutely isn't — but that doesn't mean we don't love this neon-splattered pair, too.
The official holiday might have passed but Pride is a mindset anyway, and when Converse's Pride design looks this good, there's no reason to stop celebrating.
When there's so much on offer in the world of the Chuck Taylor 70, it sometimes feels best to just opt for something simple. This cream pair is an icon and it literally goes with anything you're wearing.
Chuck Taylor 70 Keith Haring
Keith Haring's simple characters make the perfect embellishment to this pair of neutral 70s. Just the right amount of detail.
If you're looking to forego the bold detailing but still want to make a bright impact over summer, this eye-catching turquoise pair will do the trick.
One red side and one blue side are split by an off-white tongue and sole unit for a preppy, retro finish to this Tricolor pair.
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