Hudson’s Bay Company x Converse Jack Purcell – Fall 2013

Hudson's Bay Company x Converse Jack Purcell - Fall 2013
Hudson’s Bay Company x Converse Jack Purcell – Fall 2013

Converse is killing it for Fall 2013. There is the Maison Martin Margiela collaboration and one featuring an iconic Canadian institution, Hudson’s Bay Company. Those of you that covet Hudson’s Bay Company stripes, these are the sneaker for you.

Available in the unisex Converse Jack Purcell, Duck Boot and women’s only Helen silhouettes, each style embodies the Hudson’s Bay Company wool point blanket stripes, with features such as threaded stitching and antique brass eyelets, and the Jack Purcell and Hudson’s Bay logos on the foot bed. These silhouettes also carry an official “Seal of Quality” maintaining the authenticity of Hudson’s Bay Company. Additionally, the Jack Purcell Duck features a leather collar and heel stay, as well as embroidery on the tongue of the shoe, creating an elevated style that merges these two iconic brands. (source: Press Release)

The Converse x Hudson’s Bay Company Jack Purcell collection is available exclusively at Hudson’s
Bay Stores and will retail for $120-140.

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela – Fall 2013

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela - Fall 2013
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela – Fall 2013

I talked about changing up my shoe game but Converse keeps calling me back. This collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela is pretty awesome.

“Converse is thrilled to partner with Maison Martin Margiela. The collection perfectly embodies each
brand’s spirit of individuality and self-expression unifying Converse and Margiela’s conviction of
unleashing creativity,” says Matt Sleep, Converse Senior First String Designer.(source: Press Release)

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela - Fall 2013
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela – Fall 2013

The first-time 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 colors beneath.(source: Press Release)

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela - Fall 2013
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela – Fall 2013

“The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling. A sort of poetry, with the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself,” says Maison Martin Margiela.(source: Press Release)

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela - Fall 2013
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela – Fall 2013

There are four colour ways available: red, black, navy and Margiela-exclusive vintage yellow. This limited edition collection are availalbe at Margiela stores and select Converse retailers. They retail for $200USD/200€.

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela - Fall 2013
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela – Fall 2013


Converse Spring Summer 2011

Converse Spring Summer 2011 Preview

I’ve been wearing my Converse for the past couple of weekends so I feel like I can talk about Converse earnestly now. It’s Converse weather people. I’m the type of person who wears my Converse in the warmer months as they don’t offer much protection in the winter.

Converse Spring Summer 2011 Preview

So this season Converse teamed up with DC Comics and they have some great choices in design from Batman, Superman, The Joker and Batgirl. There are a lot of great styles for the comic book fan.

Converse Spring Summer 2011 Preview

I also got to see the Marimekko x Converse collaboration. They are a fun shoe that I’m liking for summer.

Converse Spring Summer 2011 Preview

There were some interesting offerings from Converse by John Varvatos this season too. I really like this woven looking pair.

Converse Spring Summer 2011 Preview

See all my photos from the Converse Spring Summer 2011 Preview.

Best bet for finding these styles in Toronto is Get Outside.

Converse Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 Preview

The Converse Fall Winter 2010 – 2011 preview was held at One King Street in the Vault. It was an interesting venue as it literally was a vault, heavy steel door and all. It was a little to dark for good photos.

Chuck Taylor Slouchy and Slims

The Chuck Taylor line is always coming up with new fabrications and colour schemes.  I saw corduroy, jersey, sequins and suede. I really like the Chuck Taylor Slims in leather.  For women they introduced a slouchy Chuck Taylor in patent leather and denim. They retail $80 – $90.  There where so many styles to look at, here are my highlights.

Chuck Taylor All Star 1969 Collection

The 1960’s were turbulent times. War lotteries and race riots gave way to protests and the love movement. The music of Woodstock carries with it the all the strength and desires of a new and prolific generation who were determined to break all the rules. Chuck Taylor All Star shoe’s capture the radical spirit of the Woodstock generation and pay homage to the artists that changed the world forever.

The collection pays homage to Jimmy Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Who and Janis Joplin. I’m in love with the Jimmy Hendrix marching band Chuck. I also really like the Janis Joplin shoe which is based on her style and uses embroidery. They are almost too nice to wear. They retail for $70 – 120 and are available mid august.

Chuck Taylor All Stars Dr. Seuss

How cool are these Dr. Seuss Converse!  They come in adult sizes too.

Bold colors, rhymes and the funny characters that Dr. Seuss made famous are boldly displayed on Chuck Taylor All Star shoes. With some styles looking as if they themselves are straight out of Dr. Seuss-ville, this collection is bound to inspire the dreams of children young and old. The collection includes lace-ups for both adults and children and an alternative closure oxford for the really small. This collection introduces inspirations from “The Cat In The Hat”, “If I Ran The Zoo” and “One fish two fish red fish blue fish” (for kids).

Dr. Suess Kids

They will available starting in mid-July.  Kids shoes retail for $35-$50 and Adults for $75 – $90.

Chuck Taylor All Star Woolrich

Distinctly original American brands, Converse and Woolrich combine to showcase originality combined with patterns and designs that have stood the test of time. This third partnership of the two brands features original Hunter plaid and woolen fabrics that made Woolrich the original outdoor clothing company.

I love the Woolrich collaboration which uses wool and leather.  They will retail between $100-$170 and will be available in mid August.

Converse by John Varvatos

Premium executions continue to be offered in hand-crafted treatments and unique waxed and burnished techniques – luxe executions mixed with sophisticated rocker edge result in the perfect 70s basketball meets rock n‟ roll vibe.

They will retail between $160-$250 and will be available in mid August.  I believe Holt Renfrew carries the line.

I’ll return to update this page with specific retailers once the information becomes available.

images: courtesy of Converse

Converse Music Collection Spring 2010

Converse Music Collection Spring 2010 - The Clash

Converse Music Collection for Spring 2010 brings us Blondie and The Clash. The Music Collection are “sneakers inspired by iconic bands who defined what it means to rock.”

The Blondie styles are made for women. I’m a fan of The Clash so I was super excited about their offerings. The white leather London Calling chucks are amazing. I ended up getting the red skull and bones Hi Tops thanks to the kind folks at Converse. I can’t wait till the weather is nicer so I can wear them.  I seem to be amazing a little Chuck Taylor collection at home, this pair will be number four.  The others were purchased by myself and not gifts, I love my Chuck Taylors.

Converse Music Collections Availability and Pricing
Chuck Taylor Blondie DH Print Hi $80.00
Available at Get Outside & Little Burgundy

Chuck Taylor Blondie Tri-Stitch Ox $80.00
Available at Get Outside

All Star Light Blondie Animal Print $70.00
Available at Little Burgundy

Chuck Taylor The Clash – London Calling 30th (leather) $100 and two other styles $90
Available at Shoe Tree on Yonge and Get Outside

images courtesy of Converse

i want: Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars

Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars

I love the minimalistic nature of these Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Stars. Unfortunately, these are for the guys. Not in my size. Boo. I’m a 5.5 Converse!

Enlisted as a contributor to the 1HUND(RED) project, Koh’s approach to the design of his shoe focused on subtraction. “I wanted to keep the DNA of the Chuck Taylor intact, while reducing the seams, and smoothing out the shoe’s surfaces as much as possible”. Terence replaced the usual curve of the ankle with a vertical construction to give the shoe a clean square look. A smoothed-out version of the signature Converse tread on the sole combines with a white on white All Star rubber license plate on the heel to round out the ultra-clean look and feel of the shoe. As a contributor to 1HUND(RED), a percentage of the net wholesale price of the shoe will go to help fight AIDS in Africa, giving consumers an opportunity to become agents of change and offering a way to turn design into power.

The Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Star is available in a high-top, premium white leather version. The shoe launches globally on Saturday November 21st and will be available in the US at Opening Ceremony ( in New York and Los Angeles and select retailers globally. Shoes will retail for $150 and will be available in sizes 7 – 13. via Sneaker Freaker Magazine


i want: Converse Chuck Taylor Boots


I’m always sad when the really cold weather happens because I have to put away my Chucks. It was just too cold to wear them. That’s changed this season because there are now Converse Chuck Taylor Boots.


I like the plaid and leather versions. They cost $140. The one below is nylon and it’s $120.

200911_Converse Chuck Taylor Boots Nylon

They are available at NEON, Get Outside and Little Burgundy in Toronto. You can find the leather and nylon versions in stores now, but the Woolrich Plaid will be available after November 30, 2009.

i want: Woolrich Converse

Woolrich Converse

Woolrich Converse

I noticed that plaid was big for men at the Holt Renfrew Fall 2009 – 2010 Menswear Media Preview. I kinda liked that and these Chucks immediately struck a cord. The interesting thing about these ones are the Woolrich angle.

Woolrich has been synonymous with quality outdoor clothing for over 178 years. The company got its start in 1830 when John Rich, an immigrant from England, built his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania. Rich would visit the lumber camps that dotted the area and sell his woolen fabric, socks, coverlets, and yarn from a mule cart.