Highsnobiety
Converse Japan

Brand: Converse Japan, Richardson

Model: Chuck Taylor All Star Addict and Jack Purcell Addict

Season: Fall/Winter 2021

Buy: In-store and online at select Japanese stockists, including BEAMS and Richardson Tokyo

Editor's Notes: As timeless as they are, Chucks are so passé. Okay, Chucks will never be out of style, but they definitely pale in comparison to Converse Japan's mighty Addict line, a premium Converse series as high-end as anything offered by boutique sneaker operations.

For those unaware, Converse Japan is distinct from Converse America, which is owned by Nike. Converse Japan took shape in '80s, when then-struggling Converse sold its exclusive Japanese license to a wealthy conglomerate (The North Face Japan, owned by Goldwin, has a similar backstory), which has retained the exclusive Japanese distribution rights to this day.

Converse Japan is far more experimental than Nike-owned Converse, experimenting with themes and historic sneaker models quite often. It launched Addict in 2008 as its top-of-the-line offering.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

Each pair of Addicts is several times nicer than your typical Chuck, or even a Chuck 70. To start, there's a tough Vibram sole unit built into each shoe, premium fabrication utilized for the upper, removable cushioned insoles, high-end metal aglets, reinforced rubber midsoles, and much more. Addicts are also sold only twice a year in highly limited drops of very specific product.

Fall/Winter 2021, or Holiday 2021 as it's called, sees Converse Addict dropping three styles of Chuck and Jack Purcell. There's a black stars-and-stripes high-top, a lush white leather low, and a Purcell collaboration with Richardson, which includes medial side and tongue tag branding, plus GORE-TEX lining to take the shoes to the next level.

They're also more expensive — Addicts can retail for $150 - $250, depending — but that's the price you pay for quality.

To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, check out the best sneakers to add to your rotation this week, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, and sign up to our newsletter for early access to the best drops sent straight to your inbox.

We Recommend
  • The Best Basketball Shoes of the 2023-24 Season
    • Sneakers
  • Converse Adds a Fantastically Beefy Sneaker-Loafer to the Mix
    • Sneakers
  • 17 Best Dutch Clothing Brands Every Highsnobiety Reader Should Know In 2024
    • Style
  • doublet's Converse Sneakers Are Way Less Normal Than They Look
    • Sneakers
  • Converse Went HOKA Mode
    • Sneakers
What To Read Next
  • Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Heats Up
    • Style
  • Nike's Olympic Basketball Sneaker Is an Instant Collector's Item
    • Sneakers
  • PUMA’s Gloriously Fuzzy Sneaker Is a Work of Art (Literally)
    • Sneakers
  • Kith and Team USA Are The True Dream Team
    • Style
  • Luxury Jewelry’s New Big Three: David Yurman Taps NBA Style Savants For Its Latest Campaign
    • Style
    • sponsored
  • Mizuno's Hand-Dyed Sneaker Is a Feat of Japanese Craftsmanship
    • Sneakers

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.