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Fresh off surprising and exquisite Chuck Taylor clothes, Converse Japan is back to shoe biz with the release of the new Starfire SC Js.

Converse's Starfire Star Cruiser (SC) J shoe serves as an update to the 1977 Converse Starfire silhouette, borrowing the vintage runner's design for a revamped iteration rooted in modernity and comfort. And quite frankly, the new Starfire is sort of giving us déjà vu — more like déjà-New...Balance.

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Indeed, Converse's latest instantly reminded us of a New Balance shoe. Specifically, the Starfire SC J's elevated and slightly-thick sole echoed the same base of the New Balance 574, down to the contrasting grey heel cap.

Sure, the newest Converse draws inspiration from the 70s Starfire. Not to mention, Converse nor its Japanese imprints are strangers to extra-thick-based sneakers (ROHK's triple-downed Chucks, the chunky Trekwave Ox, pretty much anything from the 2022 Chuck DNA line, etc).

However, there's no denying the New Balance-y feels, either — which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If the Converse Starfire SC J's promised comfort is anything like the ultra-cozy New Balance shoes, your feet are in good hands (or soles, in this case).

As far as construction, Converse's Starfire SC J arrives with deliberately-aged, hairy suede and water-repellent Cordura nylon paneling for the upper. At the same time, the 574-esque sole boasts Vibram for slip and abrasion resistance. Good stuff!

Converse's Starfire SC J lands in three colorways, including red, grey, and black — all of which will soon be up for grabs on Converse Japan's website for 22,000 yen (approximately $151).

So, for Converse fans looking to cop the newest Starfire shoe, keep your eyes peeled for official release details.

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