WORDS BY ISAAC PERRY

Converse has to be one of the greatest sneaker brands ever to have existed, originating from the great US of A, the brand has gone on to global domination, with some of their designs being the most worn sneakers over the last couple of decades.

Funnily enough the Converse footwear was never intended to be a casual shoe with early designs created for the Basketball court, but then in the early 90’s the company found themselves fully submerged in the street style scene.

The most popular design being the Chuck Taylor, one of the most recognisable shoes of all time, however in more recent times the One star has increased in popularity thanks to the onslaught of new colour ways.

The new-borne popularity also comes with much thanks to multiple celebrity endorsements and collaborations on the one star. Just to name a few; Leo Mandella (@Gullyguyleo) is the face of the new campaign for the brand as well as Tyler the creator (@feliciathegoat) collaborating on the style to create the Converse X golf le fleur.

The Converse one star hotel is open for the next two days, offering the opportunity for a peak at their most recent and unique footwear as well as offering a chance to take a look at some of the workshops available.

Celebrity guests expected to make an appearance include; ASAP Nast, Young Lean and Tizzy T, alongside social media influencer Leo Mandella.

Converse have remained with the basic styling of their shoes. Now finding themselves a must have for every wardrobe due to it being incredibly versatile and thanks to a wider colour selection now introduced, there is a one star for every look you could possibly think of, and with spring just around the corner this is a shoe we highly recommend you pick up and stay true to size with!

4921C2E9-18C2-4861-A572-E51846F5B8A0Converse are building a up a formidable Armada of designer collaboration with John Varvatos, Comme des Garcons and Missoni all within their portfolio. Adding to their ranks is Maison Martin Margiela, the mysterious, press and camera shy Belgian designer, known for reinventing and reinterpreting classics for both mens and womenswear.

Founded in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela is a fashion house which has always followed its own path, often outside the conventions of fashion trends. Margiela’s collections are known for reinventing volumes, modifying shapes, and changing the original use and movement of garments, derailing the classic notions of fashion through recycling, transformation and reinterpretation.

The first Converse Maison Martin Margiela collaboration features the Chuck Taylor All Star and the Jack Purcell sneakers, each completely hand-painted in Maison Martin Margiela’s iconic white paint. Covering all canvas, eyelets, laces and soles, they naturally crack and shed their outer coat of paint to reveal the original colours beneath, working to the maxim of, getting better with age.

The styles are available in four colour ways based on heritage colors from the Converse archives: red, black, navy, and Margiela-exclusive vintage yellow, and are lined in premium off-white leather. Ohhh but remember when buying them, they are all white.

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Good day my dear and trusted style gazers, as the weather is being as predictable as my child’s nightly sleep patterns I thought I would look at a trend which can be worn rain of shine, in the words of 80’s family groovers 5Star. Camo or Camouflage as you may know it has been floating around as a menswear trend for quite a few seasons now. Hopefully, you will have been a style consumer of great foresight and have invested in a piece or two of the camo variety over the past couple of seasons. As you see from  below for Spring 2013 literally everyone has interpreted and tailored camouflage to their own likings, offering us, it in every conservable item of clothing, colour combination and from traditional Action Man-esque patterns to 21st Century state of the art stealth techno camo to even neon, floral, in your face ones.

I’ve sourced the great information Superhighway from start to finish looking for some of the better examples of this trend. Now please heed this warning, akin to not feeding the Mogwai after midnight, do not, I repeat do not wear to much of this trend at the same time or you’ll run the risk of looking like a reserve from the T.A. on civilian maneuverers, once again the maxim of less is more applies.

 

Must have piece, particularly for those pesky April showers is this Pac-a-mac from Superdry

Must have piece, particularly for those pesky April showers is this Pac-a-mac from Superdry

A great take on the camouflage print by McQ by Alexander McQueen @ MrPorter.com

A great take on the camouflage print by McQ by Alexander McQueen @ MrPorter.com

 

Camouflage sunnies just to complete that look from TOPMAN

Camouflage sunnies just to complete that look from TOPMAN

 

Look sharp mixing and matching materials with the camo trend in these Windsor Shoes by Dr Martens

Look sharp mixing and matching materials with the camo trend in these Windsor Shoes by Dr Martens

 

At ease solider in these camo print shorts by Scotch & Soda from John Lewis

At ease solider in these camo print shorts by Scotch & Soda from John Lewis

 

Camo Eastpak luggage from House of Fraser

Camo Eastpak luggage from House of Fraser

 

Formal up the trend with this blazer from Daniele Alessandrini @ FarFetch.com

Formal up the trend with this blazer from Daniele Alessandrini @ FarFetch.com

 

Get your Camo on with this Tee by Marc by Marc Jacobs @ MrPorter.com

Get your Camo on with this Tee by Marc by Marc Jacobs @ MrPorter.com

 

a unique Camouflage design by Diesel @ House of Fraser

A unique Camouflage design by Diesel @ House of Fraser

 

On manoeuvres with this Racksack by Herschel @ John Lewis

On manoeuvres with this Racksack by Herschel @ John Lewis

 

Escape from the old routine in these high tops from Converse @ Topman.com

Escape from the old routine in these high tops from Converse @ Topman.com

 

Not sure about the camo trend then add flashes of it with this tie from Mr Bathing Ape @ Coggles.com

Not sure about the camo trend then add flashes of it with this tie from Mr Bathing Ape @ Coggles.com

 

136888C 242833_CNVS_CUT_291012 4057No, the title to this morning’s post isn’t some collaboration or invitation by Christina Aguilera. It is in fact the latest idea dreamed up by footwear brand Converse. We all know the situation well, we love new Converse trainers, whether they be , high tops or low tops, but, we LOVE them better when there are beaten up and worn in. Able to tell a story or two from adventures on nights out and holidays away, they always look so much better for a couple of battle scars. There really is nothing like your scuffed up old comfy pair of Chuck Taylors so Converse have invented the Well worn collection. In the new seasonal colours, including Butterscotch, Tango Red and Turtledove (or Light brown, dark red and light grey to us), these new style Chucks are part of a softer canvas collection with stained and distressed sole and toe caps, slightly dirtied and thinner laces. Generally you gets that comfy old shoe feeling the first time you put them on, ahhhhhh.

Inspired by this and the Converse expression “Shoes Keep It Clean, Sneakers Get Dirty,” they have created new music series which celebrates the hedonistic mindset of throwing yourself in headfirst and resurfacing with the marks and scuffs that prove it and wear them with pride. The “GET DIRTY” campaign stretches across 11 different cities around the globe and will feature performances by a mix of renowned international artists and up-and-coming local talent. Kicking off in Paris, “GET DIRTY” will jump, kick and scream its way across Europe, with events in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, London, Milan and Vienna. (for more details click on the clip below)

 

Good day fellas, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done an AskAnt and the requests and pleas had started to mount up so I though I better pull me sleeves up, and help the good men folk out there. This week’s enquiry came via our twitter account, Clothesmakethem, for those of you interested. Young Donkey has asked ;

OK then, so let’s get this straight Donkey, you don’t want trainers, you don’t want boat shoes, nor toms or sandals nee flip-flops, I really don’t think you’re a work boot and shorts kinda guy. So, this might leave some lesser bloggers stumped, but no sir not me. Right then, off we go, the weather’s kinda starting to warm up, well some days anyway and with that comes that whole pandora’s box of problems of, what to wear with shorts, are shorts appropriate to wear to work, milk bottle legs, I could go on and on.

Anyway, first off, always a classic, or maybe an original is Clarks Originals Desert boots. They come in countless colours, suede, leather, striped, checker board and even Union jack. The Desert Boot is pretty much seasonless and is versatile enough that you can wear it with a suit, jeans or even shorts. Plus, obviously you can pay a pretty penny for them but overall Desert Boots, particularly Clarks Originals are really good value for money and super comfy.

Option 2, I’d advise you to look at the good old, Plimsoll and automatically when you think of Plimsolls you think of Converse. Now like the Desert Boot, the Plimsoll is unbelievably versatile and nowadays can be dressed up with a suit or dressed down with a pair of shorts. The overriding great thing with Converse is you can be conservative and go with simple white, in the Jack Purcell’s, who were launched by the badminton player in 1935 and you’d ask why not who wouldn’t, they’re a design classic that should be in every man’s wardrobe as a staple. Now, the other choice is you can be as adventurous as you want as they offer you the chance to design your own at their website http://www.converse.co.uk/. But I have to say, my personal preference has to be with their designer collaborations. Now their Missoni Chuck Taylor’s (or high tops as their more widely known) might not be everyone’s cup of tea but take a look at their John Varvatos tie up, available at, amongst others, www.MrPorter.com

Your final option is, a little leftfield and certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but what I’m going to present to you is the Mock or Mocks.  They come in an array of hues and are inspired by moccasins (if you hadn’t guessed), these lightweight Driving shoe hybrid feature a lemon scented, odour resistant Coolmax insole, which I thought would be ideal, particularly with your urban cycling. The super lightweight Mock is available from branches of Schuh.

So YoungDonkey, all that is left for me to do is to tell you, the choice is yours ??? Do let us know what your decision was and  join us again soon for another style clinic.

A.M.