Nike Updates the Converse Chuck Taylor
It's the first update to the Chuck in 98 years.
Before it was the shoe of The Ramones and The Strokes, and before it was a canvas for John Varvatos, the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star was an athletic shoe. And while Nike has owned Converse since 2003, the Oregon company has never touched the structural design of the brand’s signature shoe.
But as anyone who’s ever worn in a pair of Chucks can tell you, people in 2015 have different arch-support needs than they apparently did in 1917. To that measure, Nike announced today the creation of the Chuck II. While the shoe’s exterior remains virtually unchanged, the soles are made with Nike’s Lunarlon material, a soft foam which the company also uses in running and basketball shoes. They’ve also given the sneaker a perforated suede liner, which aids in breathability and basically keeps your sweaty feet from chemically breaking down the shoe’s canvas outer.
There’s no word yet on when the Chuck II will be available, but for all of our sakes, let’s hope it’s before music festival season is over.