When most of us think of Hawaii, we think of beautiful beaches, vacation, and volcanoes. Very rarely, and we say this with certainty, we never think of sneakers and Hawaii unless a friend is on vacation and post a pair of his kicks while he is chilling on the beach. Suffice to say, that doesn’t happen very often. However, despite our ignorance, KICKS/HI linked with Converse back in 2011 and set the sneaker world a blaze with a premium look at the Converse Chuck Taylor Hi.
KICKS/HI x Converse First String “Tiger Camo” Chuck Taylor uploaded by KicksRx_Josh
Before we dig into the collaboration with KICKS/HI, we felt it was only right to give you a look behind the curtain at the Chuck Taylor. For one, the shoe was originally introduced in 1917 and have been produced every year since. In fact, the guy that they are named after, wasn’t a star athlete at all and ended as a salesman for the shoe. Speaking of Star athletes, the US lost their first Olympic game in the Chuck Taylor, something we are sure both the US and Converse are not quite happy to acknowledge.
But enough about the history of the shoe KICKS/HI set their eyes on the classic silhouette and wanted to take the style of the shoe up a notch. As part of their 10th anniversary it made sense in having this sneaker be a part of the Converse First String program. The team at KICKS/HI featured the theme of Tiger camo as an ode to the Tiger Shark, an official mascot, to the upper. Not to leave the beautiful scenery of Hawaii out of the equation, the kept the colors green and orange are often associated with the brand and islands so it made perfect sense to use them here. The colors worked well with the Chuck Taylor and allowed the white outsole to really stand on its own. Final touches on the design include an orange outsole, as well as three optional laces, each representing an accent color featured on the sneaker.
So popular was the look a year later KICKS/HI and Converse teamed up for a greyscale version of the design. Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you like your Chuck Taylors plain, or spiced up like this version from KICKS/HI?