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Converse CONS

Though Converse has been around for almost a century, their skateboarding chapter began only forty years ago. The legendary Chuck Taylor and One Star models are staples in our store. Since updating the shoe to feature Lunarlon soles, and doing collaborations with local skate brands like Pop Trading Co., Converse have never looked better.

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The all star.

When you look at the Converse CTAS, you somehow feel like you're back in the sixties. Almost automatically the mind transports us to movies where a little boy with a bowl-cut drives around the cul-de-sac with his homemade wooden skateboard on tin wheels. There is probably no sneaker in the world that has been on the feet of so many generations of people. It may seem unbelievable to us now, but the shoe was once the best basketball shoe of its time... the grippy rubber sole was a key player in setting Converse apart from other sneakers.

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Converse on deck.

The grippy rubber soles that made Converse a favorite amongst basketball players are also what make it perfect for skateboarding. Of course the rubber formula has improved with time and technology, and a few changes have been made to the shoe with skateboarders especially in mind, changes such as:

  • Nike Air Zoom inner sole.
  • Extra thick raw leather.
  • A thick tongue with rubber siding to keep it in place.
  • External rubber is not going anywhere.

 

The models and the team.

In addition to the Chuck Taylor, skateboarders hold two other models in high regard: the Converse One Star and Jack Purcell. Both shoes sport the same vulcanized rubber sole as the CTAS, for comfort and board feeling. Jack Purcell is, famously, the unbeatable Canadian badminton pro from the 1930s. He designed a sneaker with a flat soles and a lined toe cap that bears an uncanny resemblence to Purcelll smiling over his opponents. Converse has since bought the rights to the sneakers, saving them for yet another generation of people. The One Star is now also available as a Slip-On, a robust and timeless sneaker that features the distinctive star on its heel. 

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Not much remains of the original team built around Kenny Anderson, Anthony Pappalardo, Nick Trapasso, and company. Since then, CONS headquarters has expanded to include the likes of Sean Pablo, several members of the Polar Skate Co. team, and of course Louie Lopez, who has his own signature shoe. The Louie Lopez Pro-model has a sleek, low silhouette and also features an Ortholite sockliner and a Nike Air Zoom insole for cushioning.

The whole team is onboard in the first full-length video "PURPLE", produced by French filmmaker Ben Chadourne and released in 2018.

Skateboarding and skateboarding culture have not been the only ones to discover and celebrate Converse's timeless sneakers. Since the 80s, various punk bands and musicians have had classic Chuck Taylors grace their feet.

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