Since it first debuted in the 1970s, and resurged in the 1990s, the Converse One Star has been a sneaker of choice for those seeking a different path.

Following its initial release, the Converse One Star went on to become a counter-cultural icon among in-the-know scene kids, as a whole generation turned away from the mainstream and sought out a sneaker with more substance.

Skateboard veterans like Greg Finch and Guy Mariano loved it for its quality construction and comfy ride, cult filmmakers like Spike Jonze loved it for its classic pedigree, and Kurt Cobain loved it because it was simply, effortlessly cool. Figures like these helped raise the One Star to almost legendary status within the pre-millennial era — a reputation that clung on even after the shoe disappeared from stores.

Now, over a decade later, the Converse One Star has returned for The Next Step in its legacy.

Freshly updated with a Nike Lunarlon insole and premium materials for even greater comfort, the Converse One Star has once again become a go-to sneaker for a whole generation of young creatives. From graffiti artists to hip-hop MCs, the sneaker’s third wave has captured the interest of scenes far beyond its traditional base — all drawn to those very same factors that first made it so appealing: low-key style & top-grade materials.

To explore The Next Step, we set out to document how three groups of creatives in three key cities across Europe have made the Converse One Star a fundamental part of their identity. Scroll down to learn more...

“Everything is similar, everything follows the same silhouette… We do this because we have to.“

Last Night In Paris

“I don't like to fill my work with hidden messages. I just want to take people to my fantasy world.“

Ilk

“I like artists with something edgy in their work... Polarising characters“

eRRdeKa

Launching in the four colorways that kicked-off the original hype, the Converse One Star Hairy Suede Collection will be on sale from March 10 via Converse.com.

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