As a continuation of their (PRODUCT) RED collection, Converse have invited artist Cody Hudson to make his mark on the classic sneaker, the Chuck Taylor Hi.
The Converse (PRODUCT) RED project is not only a chance to create something spectacular, but also a chance to change thousands of lives. Cody Hudson is a Chicago-based artist who’s work has been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan and he is mostly known for the production of clean, multi-dimensional graphics.
This Chuck Taylor Hi has been given a complete revamp, doing away with the infamous full canvas upper and bringing in a much harder wearing full leather upper, meaning they will last a hell of a lot longer than your ratty old converse at the bottom of your wardrobe. The contrast stitching is a really nice touch that i find actually ties in some of the classic characteristics of the Chuck Taylor Hi. These shoes also feature mixed navy and red rope laces (leather laces are also included in the box), a navy rubber toe cap, heel pull tab, metal eyelets, and an improved, more cushioned inner sole. Cody has also applied his art to the shoe with a design on the outer ankle, and also inside and outside of the tongue.
My favourite parts of this sneaker definitely have to be the artwork embossed on the tongue and its almost hiking boot stylings. The fact that a percentage of the sales will go towards the fight against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria thanks to (PRODUCT) RED is also a massive reason to pick up a pair to don your feet this winter.
The Converse (PRODUCT) RED Cody Hudson Chuck Taylor Hi will be available on World Aids Day (1st December 2010). Foot Patrol have sizes UK 8 – UK 10.5 (including half sizes) in store at £89.99. I’m actually bummed about this seeing as I’m size 11 and would have quite like a pair myself. Ah well.