Tampering with a shoe as iconic as the Jack Purcell is a dangerous game. It’s regarded by many as perfect, which is a big thing considering it was first released in 1935. Who’d have thought that a professional badminton shoe would become one of the world’s most loved casual sneakers.
Fast forward to 2015 and Converse have announced the Jack Purcell Signature, an update on the classic. Thankfully, they haven’t messed significantly with the silhouette, but they would have been mad to play with that. They have made several improvements however, including a streamlined toecap, two piece molded foxing, a wider heel stay and a winged tongue. Premium materials feature throughout, with the use of two ply duck canvas, cotton laces and polished aluminium eyelets. However, it’s the footbed that brings the magic; an Ortholite footbed with Nike Zoom Air Technology and an open weave forefoot made from cotton and leather.
Although the look hasn’t really changed, this is essentially a Converse Zoom Air Jack Purcell! My inner sneaker geek is going a little crazy right now.
The new and improved Converse Jack Purcell Signature will be hitting stockists this month and they’ll be easy to spot thanks to the bright blue ‘smile’ on the front rather than the traditional dark navy.