If Converse sneakers immediately conjure little more than the image of street-savvy skaters popping a kickflip, then it’s high time to reconsider the famous shoe. You can start by channeling actor Patrick J. Adams from the hit television series, Suits, who is none too shy to wear the kicks both on and off set.
With a series of recent Converse launches and collaborations that began with the upgraded Chuck Taylor All-Star IIs, the classic footwear brand has adopted a new attitude that’s even more appropriate for daily use than ever before.
Converse’s comfortable, wear-with-anything appeal will take you from a business-casual suit to off-duty swagger in no time — certainly not a job that gym-bound athletic shoes can fulfill. And, sometimes, those polished designer brogues simply won’t do. Lace up these new Converse sneakers that have all the integrity of the iconic brand plus a fresh new kick and plenty of versatile sole.
1. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II: Seasonal Colors
You may have heard of the new-and-improved Chuck Taylor All Star II shoes that were released earlier this summer. The contemporary adaptation stays true to the DNA of the original Chucks, including the all-important All Star patch, but they boast a new focus on innovative functionality and comfort via Nike Lunarlon foot cushioning and arch support technology.
First available in only the original black, white, red, and blue colors, Converse recently ushered in two new All-Star II hues that have massive potential for your fall wardrobe. Both eye-catching for their richly saturated moodiness, the handsome gray “Thunder” and maroon “Deep Bordeaux” have a cultured streak that extends past the hipster phase.
We love pairing the steely Thunders with a tailored charcoal suit for a sophisticated, monochromatic shades-of-gray moment. As for the burgundy pair, they might be the perfect complement to an all-black ensemble — especially one with leather accents. There’s nothing as coordinated as finishing your look with a shoe that also reflects what’s in your wine glass.
2. Converse CONS Pro Leather Painted Camo
With the Converse CONS Pro Leather Painted Camo’s boldly speckled, “elephant”-like texture, this is not your father’s camo print. The artsy, dotted patterning is closer to the avant-garde expressions of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama than anything you’d find in the woods. But that’s okay. These CONS from the Converse limited-edition First String collection weren’t made to blend in.
The eye-catching blends of blue, green, and brown hues may ordinarily outpace your comfort zone. But you should take the plunge and elevate your button-down and jeans combo with a creative, splashy, new spirit. These shoes also feature the Lunarlon technology, along with goat leather lining and asymmetrical satin sock liners in red and blue for a final punch of attitude.
3. Converse Cons CTS Fragment Design Collection
A dynamic new collaboration with Japan-based, street culture icon Fragment Design has yielded five new pairs of the CONS CTS low-top sneakers — increasing their street cred even more. Fragment Design’s Hiroshi Fujiwara, the self-proclaimed “cultural DJ” and godfather of Harajuku, has upped the shoe game with his signature street aesthetic while staying true to the classic Converse silhouette.
Two flashy striped versions in gold and silver join black, parchment, and navy with contrast stitching. They may seem minimalist in design for such a fashion-forward streetwear collab, but the signature Fragment Design details, including midsole branding, suggestive labeling, and a simple logo placement, still provide an unexpected urban punch that’s worthy of bringing to both the ballpark and the business lunch.
4. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II: Volt
Even though we’ve already covered the fresh new fall colors for the Chuck Taylor All Star II sneakers, we end on an even brighter note with the recently introduced, special edition shade, Volt Green. This neon, glow-in-the-dark shoe is no shrinking violet — it is perhaps best applied in small doses.
While some less colorful personalities may frown upon such a bold move in the boardroom, this pair of kicks is the perfect statement companion for practically any other non-corporate endeavor. Try pairing them with an olive-green sweater and distressed denim to maximize the Technicolor story without going overboard.