Converse Chuck Taylors Get a Fly Upgrade

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It’s no secret to sneakerheads that sportswear juggernaut Nike owns Converse, but to those who like Converse shoes but don’t have the time or interest to delve into a brand’s corporate history, that fact is likely lost on them. Still, if you pay attention, this relationship is staring you in the face.

The most obvious clue is Nike’s Lunarlon liner being standard kit in all models of the Chuck II, which came out in the Philippines in 2015. Finally, Chucks that were super comfortable, even for folks born before 1997!

Today, yet another clue for the uninitiated is revealed in the freshly dropped Chuck Taylor All Star X Nike Flyknit collection S/S 17. This is the first time that Nike’s performance fabric has been incorporated in any Converse shoe, and should be the start of something fun.

157509C_LATERALWhat is Nike Flyknit anyway? I’d say it’s wearable tech. Selected yarns and fabrics are engineered precisely to create a featherweight, seamless upper that is highly breathable, keeping your feet cool and light. On its own, yarn has no inherent structure or durability. Flyknit technology maps out the specific yarn and knit structures in order to provide that support and durability, while being lightweight and ventilated.

In Nike’s running shoes, Flyknit is engineered for a sock-like snugness. These Chucks, however, retain the classic silhouette, and have a bit of micro suede welded to the Flyknit bits so I don’t think they hug the feet as closely – but do let me try them on first and get back to you on that.

These are Chuck IIs, by the way, so they do also have Nike’s Lunarlon liner plus the usual Chuck II niceties. The high tops retail for PhP5430 and they’re available in Black Wolf Grey White and Dark Atomic Teal Igloo/White. They should be out in Converse stores nationwide today.

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