Converse doesn’t have the same powerhouse identity as the superstar brands of today, but respect is always due to this classic old time brand. Converse had NBA ballers under endorsement deals way before number ’23’ and the ‘Swoosh’ hit the scene, and probably even before you were born.
This release is a fine example of how Converse used to roll back in the ’70s. This is some serious original gangster footwear, honoring 76ers and all-around NBA legend Julius Erving with the reissue of his signature shoe, the First String ‘Dr. J’ Pro Leather.
The release metaphorically contains a tonne of history. Not only is this shoe a major part of the history of basketball footwear, ‘Dr. J’ was a baller who brought a new flare and style to the game of basketball, paving the way for the likes of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Originally released back in 1976, the shoe’s upper is constructed of full premium leather and has Converse’ iconic ‘chevron’ branding in navy on the side with a gold ‘Dr. J’ sitting beside, adding the finishing touches to the simple aesthetic. The shoes come with an extra set of navy laces and a shoe bag.
168 pairs are available worldwide and some will be releasing over at Foot Patrol very soon.