There is that one thing that I love about Converse – besides their sneakers of course – it’s that they have some new kind of denim sneakers coming up almost every year.
Jonathan Anderson’s latest interpretation of Converse icons – a collaboration that first appeared on the Pitti Uomo 2017 runway — blurs the lines between high fashion and street style.
Coined Simply_Complex, Anderson calls the project a labor of love and obsession. With an emphatic approach to core Converse silhouettes, including the Thunderbolt and Chuck 70, and an acute focus on materialization, Anderson’s provoking designs dial in on the way a shoe evolves through time and in fashion as it’s worn on the street.
“We approached it as a sneaker first but introduced detailed elements and the suede execution that make it a sort of curious version of Chuck, ultimately constructing the silhouette as a statement shoe,” Anderson says of his latest interpretation of the Chuck 70. “For me, they are perfect with chinos, jeans and a white T-shirt.”
With an acute focus on materialization, Simply_Complex continues to see the Thunderbolt and Chuck 70 as core silhouettes to his exploration, reconstructed with nuance to create provoking designs.
The Thunderbolt, a silhouette that had particularly captured Jonathan’s imagination at the start of the Converse collaboration, returns in denim and suede iterations. In his typical fashion, Jonathan’s means of “messing” with the product sees an asymmetrical approach to the shoe.
• The Denim Thunderbolt is constructed with three different executions of raw indigo denim, in theory, as it wears on the street it will develop a slightly individualized look.
• The asymmetrical Suede Thunderbolt features goat leather lining / goat leather sock lining. The Chuck 70 also begins to come to life in new ways in Simply_Complex. Inspired by the traditional brown menswear shoe, Jonathan applies themes from the formal-wear to the street icon, elevating Chuck in a sophisticated but playful manner. As Jonathan puts it, “we approached it as a sneaker first but introduced detailed elements and the suede execution that make it a sort of curious version of Chuck, ultimately constructing the silhouette as a statement shoe.”
• The Chuck 70 XX Hi is done in a flesh out leather (suede is featured on the outer, the leather side is featured on the inside of the sneaker), creating a comfortable, lived-in feeling for its wearer. The silhouette offers a slightly individual take on a Converse classic that Jonathan wore himself to bow at the end of his Pitti Uomo 2017 show. “For me they are perfect with chinos, jeans and a white t-shirt,” he said.
• Serrated edging on the tongue on both the Chuck 70 Hi and XX Hi are a nod to the traditional brown shoe.
• Scaling down the refined features of the Chuck 70 even further, micro-eyelets take the Chuck 70 to a more feminine and vintage place.
The Converse x JW Anderson will be available as of Friday, March 2nd, on the Converse website.