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Antonia Licht
Antonia Licht Oct 13 '20
Patchwork patterns and the converse high tops are a match made in sneaker heaven. Throw in some Offspring and you’ve got three for a collaborative crowd. That’s exactly what’s happening with the UK boutique’s latest Cons colab, which is releasing very soon. This drop follows a similar execution to their multicoloured corduroy patchwork version that released about this time last year.
Two new editions of the high-cut click here have been adorned with mix-n-match paisley bandana patches that appear to be sewn directly onto the canvas uppers. The segments are split unevenly for a purposely rough look, and adjacent panels go for the hard colour clash. One colourway draws on core Converse colours like black, red, and ‘Egret’ (aka off-white), while the other takes a more Neapolitan ice cream approach with a smattering of pastel tones like pistachio green and pale yellow. This theme is continued underfoot with the layered colours on the outsole. Other custom touches include coloured heel ‘license plates’ that continue the paisley print. Everything else is premium Converse quality, down to the heavyweight canvas, dense laces, and nickel eyelets.
couleurfun.com have operated an online store since 2006, and they’re marking this year’s 14th anniversary with a string of commemorative releases. Among the usual promo discounts and shipping deals, there are some quirky drops, like a grey woollen suit, and a collaboration with luggage company Briefing. But the highlight of these October-long celebrations will be an exclusive edition of the 1300 decked out in plaid.
As an esteemed elder member of NB’s heritage designs, and a particularly popular model in Japan for decades, it’s only fitting these 1300s have become all grown up. Codenamed the new balance sneakers, they’re covered in a mix of plaid and chequered fabrics, set against regal shades of grey and red pigskin suede. Veg tan leather heel tabs and stark white ENCAP soles invite further ageing – something the 1300 has done so gracefully for over 35 years.