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Friday, November 30, 2007

The Converse Blog's Friday Flashback Converse Star Tech

Fri-DAY! Well I sure hope when you read that it comes off the way it did for me, either way it's that wonderful day when the week and the weekend do their dance of love around 5:oo Pm, and they'll be flirting all day long. So what is so exciting about this weekend, well Kentucky will scrimmage North Carolina on Saturday morning. I can't believe I am saying this, but more importantly is the SEC championship game. Ugh, I hate to admit it but I'll be cheering for UT to upset LSU this weekend...and no I haven't lost my mind. If the Vols can knock off the soon Les-less tigers than UK has a great shot at playing the Chick-F-ila Bowl in Catlanta. Not only would the game be inside, there would also be a stop at the Converse store Dawsonville, GA. I know it's not exactly on the way, but I am hoping it's close enough.

So what does that have to do with anything I am going to post up today? That's a pretty good to a great question to ask. Today's flashback, the Startech, is a basketball shoe from the 80's it came in low, 3/4, and high top. I've got a few other pictures, but I am going exclusively with the white/orange 3/4 top colorway to give a little added support for Smokey and the rest of the Vols.

Okay so this is a really crappy picture, for one that big logo is in the center of it, which I am too cheap to buy so, that you Second because when it shrinks down it's hard to make out the shoe that this Lady Vol is wearing, but it is in fact the 3/4 Converse Startech pictured below. So there is the proof that the Vols, did wear these shoes. So take that naysayers.
Classic 80's silver box with the square star, aka golden days. The Startech was the follow up to the Weapon and I am pretty sure it came out in 1987. I've seen many different colorways, one was on David Robinson while he was playing at Navy, in navy/white colorway.
These shoes are a classic, from the Chevron and Star, to the Square logo heel patch. I always thought that most 3/4 shoes were for Tennis, but once I found these I knew otherwise. I've never played in a 3/4 shoe, but maybe some day. Maybe that will be the next trend to re-issued like crazy.
Well that was that certainly easier than the actual rooting for Tennessee will be tomorrow, but I just have to remember it's for the good the Wildcats. Even then I am not completely sold. Well that's it for today, enjoy your weekend go Vols!?! Thanks for coming, please help spread the word about The Converse Blog!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Converse Blog: Wade Video

Recently Converse and Anomaly have been promoting the Wade 3 in TV and Print ads. In the print ads you will see the love letter that Dwyane wrote to basketball. However, now comes an extended commercial that actually has Dwyane reading the letter over highlights from his basketball career. Today I'll be writing a 5 page paper that's due tomorrow, so I'll just leave you all with the video, enjoy.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Converse Blog: Commercials

This past week three new Converse commercials started rolling on TV. These are the second set of ads from Anomaly. They're simple and powerful. I won't talk much about them, I want you to do that in the comments section. Plus I've got math homework and a paper to write so I am more crunched for time than I'd like to be.

Three Chords

Unsigned Band

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Friday, November 23, 2007

The Converse Blog: Converse and Target sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g....

Since I've posted last a couple of interesting Converse related items have taken place. Marquette made it to the finals of the Maui, but lost to Duke. Western Kentucky played a big game against Gonzaga last night, but came up just short. Maurice Evans got traded to the Magic, which means no more Laker colorways, for now anyway. What also sucks about this trade is it's one less team that has a Converse guy, now the Magic, Heat, and 76ers both have two. Also a new set of ads started rolling out, but I'll talk more about those on Monday.

What I want to touch on today, Black Friday, is the new relationship between Converse and Target.
While I am not talking about these custom designed Chucks, you can go here to find many more at Punk Your Chucks. No, what I am going to talk about is the new partnership between Converse and Target. First so you know what the details are read the press release below in blue.

N. ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Converse Inc. and Target Corporation have reached an innovative partnership agreement to offer One Star vintage inspired sport lifestyle apparel and footwear exclusively at Target stores nationwide beginning in February 2008. The One Star collection will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign. Select sportswear and footwear styles will also be available at

"We are very excited about this tremendous partnership celebrating Converse's iconic One Star label with a world-class retail partner like Target. One Star has been a successful part of the Converse family for more than 30 years. This collaboration will enable us to deliver an innovative, premium head-to-toe lifestyle product collection while creating an exclusive One Star offering for Target guests," said Jack Boys, Chief Executive Officer, Converse Inc.

Target will offer One Star exclusive lifestyle and vintage inspired contemporary sportswear collections for men and women, including denim, non- denim bottoms, knits, wovens, graphic tees, sweaters, dresses, skirts and outerwear. One Star footwear includes exclusive and limited edition product for men, women and children.

"We are thrilled to bring Converse One Star products exclusively to our guests in new and exciting ways, and we look forward to creating a unique in- store experience that embodies the One Star lifestyle," said Gregg Steinhafel, president of Target. "This partnership is another way in which we strive every day to bring our guests differentiated merchandise at a great value."

The One Star label made its debut in 1974 with a low cut, suede version of the original Converse basketball oxford with the iconic Converse five-point star design on its side. The One Star shoe quickly became a national phenomenon. It was adopted by the West Coast surf and skate scene of the 1970s and 1980s, and later by the grunge music scene of the 1990s, as a badge of honor -- a retro statement of their alternative and rebellious lifestyle.

One Star continues to be an influential part of Converse's rich heritage in sports and music as the Converse brand celebrates its centennial in 2008. One Star has been a successful franchise and has enjoyed strong international growth in recent years. Converse's partnership with Target will bring new energy to the One Star brand in the United States, introducing the iconic shoe to a new generation of consumers and Target guests. One Star will continue to be offered internationally through other retail partners. Converse's legendary Chuck Taylor All Star and other Converse footwear and apparel such as Dwyane Wade performance basketball product and Converse by John Varvatos men's and women's apparel will continue to be distributed in the United States and internationally through a broad range of retail channels.

Where to start....I've got to honest at first I wasn't really that happy to see this. Mainly because up until the other day, my feelings on Target were rather negative. I don't really have an explanation for my bitterness towards Target, and I actually hate Wal-Mart worse. That's when I realized it could be worse, what if this deal was with Wal-Mart? Don't get me wrong, I shop at Wal-Mart, but I'd rather not. Anyway, I am almost completely behind the deal, but I am waiting until February to see how it works.

Over the last few years One Star's have been kind of put on the back burner. It's always been Chucks, Jack Purcells, and One Stars in that order. With the revival of the slip on Vans, Converse quickly started making slip on Skid Grips, a boat shoe that hadn't been sold in the US in a good number of years. So I am really excited to see the One Stars get some love again. As you read in the release, there will also be apparel...and lots of it. The key piece of info from the release was...
Target will offer One Star exclusive lifestyle and vintage inspired contemporary sportswear collections for men and women, including denim, non- denim bottoms, knits, wovens, graphic tees, sweaters, dresses, skirts and outerwear. One Star footwear includes exclusive and limited edition product for men, women and children. That pretty much sums it up for the apparel, which is the aspect I am probably most excited about.

Well I could probably talk more about this, but I am missing out on Black Friday. Oh, I almost forgot, is having a one day sale so stop by and check it out. Thanks for coming by and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Converse Blog: Converse 2007-08 Basketball

Recently Converse released a press release for the upcoming basketball season. It was the first time in years that there was an online acknowledgement of an NBA roster outside of Dwyane Wade. You can find the press release here. There are some interesting claims on the press release, one being that this is the largest roster Converse has had in over 20 years. I did a little research I am not so sure that this is an accurate statement. That's for another day though. This is the first mention from Converse of having most of the roster, I am not even sure they had a press release when they signed Jameer Nelson as a rookie. It is also the first mention of t he Converse and Marquette partnership, where we learn the deal is for 6 years.

So for the next few weeks while this semester comes to an end and gets really crazy for me, I am going to post info and pictures from this release. Today I am going to post the pics of the new shoe named Hops. If you remember back to the other day when I posted pictures of NBA guys so far, Maurice Evans was rocking a pair.

»High performance and grounded, the Converse Hops includes key features like a leather upper with micro perforations for increased breathability.

»The collar strap enhances stability and the supportive internal booty provides a comfortable fit.

»The Hops’ EVA midsole provides durable cushioning while the deep heel carves add impact protection.

»The solid rubber, herringbone outsole with lengthwise flex grooves offer even greater stability and grip.

»The Converse Hops will be available in four colorways on Jan. 1, 2008 at major athletic retailers and

»MSRP - $75

»The Converse Hops will be worn by the following NBA athletes beginning in Jan. 2008:
Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls)
Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic)
Udonis Haslem (Miami HEAT)
Kyle Korver (Philadelphia 76ers)
Orien Greene (Sacramento Kings)
Maurice Evans (Los Angeles Lakers)
Acie Law IV (Atlanta Hawks)
Alando Tucker (Phoenix Suns)
Andre Miller (Philadelphia 76ers)

So at least for the first part of 2008 this will the main shoe worn by the Converse NBA guys, along with Evans, Haslem and Tucker have worn them in the preseason. Thanks for coming by, leave so me feedback on your way out. I will be out of town for Thanksgiving so I probably won't post again until Friday, but you never know.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Converse Blog: Breaking News! WKU in Converse

Over the summer, when this blog was still going by the name of Converse NCAA, I posted about Western Kentucky's fashion show. During their fashion show of all of there new Russell gear, the men's basketball players were wearing the White/Red Colorway of the Converse 099. I made a post about it but, I cautioned that a source I had said that it would be Nike when the season started. It would appear that between now and then something changed, and my source is trying to figure out what happened. So I'll get back to everyone when that information comes in, but I wanted to go ahead and get the pics posted up.

Below you will see pictures from a recent game, where the WKU' players are wearing both the White/Red colorway of the Converse 099 and the Converse Wade TFC.
This is a really big development for Converse in the NCAA. This is really exciting because the Marquette deal was almost a given, but this shows that Converse is getting more serious about getting back into the NCAA. When I first got hooked on Converse in the mid 90's I could tune in and see a good number of teams wearing Converse and Converse Jerseys. This goes back to the APEX deal that ended up being more trouble than it was worth. However it did make for some really interesting jerseys through the few years. I'll get to some of them one of these days. Anyway I just wanted to update and let everyone know that there are now two teams in D-1 basketball wearing Converse this season. I am trying to keep my eyes peeled so if you see another team let me know. Thanks for the checking out the blog, big numbers the last few days so keep telling your friends.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Converse Blog: NBA Shots

Hello world, today I get to kill two birds with one stone. Don't worry these are game birds I intent to eat them later. I've been meaning to post up some pictures of the Converse roster in action. Which works out really well today because I've been a real slacker and have put off all kinds of work until today. Something about backing myself into a corner that I just can't get over. Anyway lets just get right to it. I am not for sure, but most of the pictures they come from Yahoo sports.
Below you will see Orien Greene of the Kings wearing the black/black colorway of the 099
Below you see Hawks guard Acie Law IV moving past Rondo wearing a player exclusive 099 colorway in White/Navy/Red.
Below is a shot of Udonis Haslem probably after one of his offensive rebounds, wearing the Black/Red colorway of the 099.

In the left side of this picture you will see Alando Tucker of the Suns, the rookie out of Wisconsin is rocking a player exclusive colorway of the 099. The colorway seems to be black/white/Purple/Orange. Let me just say I've seen some other colorways he's worn and I just love that Converse has a Suns player again.

Below is Jameer Nelson wearing a player exclusive black/royal colorway of the 099.

In this pic, Kirk Hinrich is guarding Andre Miler, both wearing the 099 in white/black/red and black/red colorways.

Kyle Korver wearing the White/Black/Red colorway of the 099

Andre Miller rocking the black/red colorway of the 099

Maurice Evans of the Lakers is shown here wearing a player exclusive white/black/gold colorway of the 099.

In the last shot here you will see Maurice Evans wearing a white/purple/gold colorway of the Hops, this will be the shoe everyone will wear starting in January.

They had a big press release packet come out yesterday so I am going to raid that for content soon, but I had all of this pics saved so I thought I'd go ahead and get them out to you. Thanks for show up today, come back on Friday for some more Converse goodness.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Converse Blog: Articles

Good Monday to you all. I can't stay long today I thinking I've got something called reading and math homework to do. But I did find out that I'll be getting my computer back soon so hopefully I can pick it up again. For today I am going to talk a little about two recent articles I've read.

The first, found here, is about ZAAZ. ZAAZ is a web-agency, excuse me a full service web-agency. They were awarded the Communication Arts "Interactive Annual 13" for their design of The Communication Arts Interactive Design Competition is known as the most prestigious design competition for interactive media.

You can read more about it in the article, but I found this to be pretty interesting. I like the Converse site, it's pretty easy to navigate and find what you're looking for. I got to looking and ZAAZ does the websites for Nike, Sony, Starbucks, Microsoft, eBay, Ford, and Cingular just to name a few. For them to get an award for the Converse site when they have a roster as impressive as the one above, now that's pretty tight.

The second article is about Liquefied Natural Gas. If you're like me, or even if you're not, chances are you've never heard of liquefied natural gas. Well someone actually has heard of liquefied natural gas, and I am not talking about the liquefied natural gas people. It was recently announced that Nike and Converse will be switching a significant portion of their Los Angeles area harbor drayage fleet from diesel to new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueled vehicles.
Nike estimates the new LNG trucks will emit 18 percent less CO2, 88 percent less NOx and 96 percent less particulate matter per mile when compared to their diesel counterparts.
Pretty cool stuff here, I don't understand most of the science behind it though, you can read the rest of the article here.

I hated to no have any pictures on here, so I'll leave you with a shot of the Converse clad Marquette in action. Thanks for checking out the blog, keep coming back and leaving comments and all that good stuff.

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Converse Blog's Friday Flashback: Converse All Star II

Rejoice, we've made it through another week, well at least I have I am not sure about you. Lots of a great games last night Bulls vs Pistons was a great start, then you've got U of L vs West Virginia which turned out to be a better game that I thought. Then to cap things off the Mavs and Warriors faced off, which I have to admit I just couldn't stay up for.

Oh before I get to the Flashback today I want to give a shout out to the Apples & Pears Blog. Tanya rocked out a feature on Sneaker Collectors and gave me a little love, so please click through and check it out.
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The Converse All Star II comes from late 70's, I am pretty sure 1979 actually. As you can see from the box it was a shoe released during the Eltra Era.
While there a certainly difference between the Chuck Taylor All Star and the All Star II, the outsole remains the same. There is just something about this pattern that works. As you will see in the pics below the Chuck Taylor patch is gone and replaced by the Chevron and Star. Also new is the heel tab featuring the Star in a Square logo. Also gone is the Heel plate the reads "All Star". In a lot of ways, to me this is just a Canvas version of the Pro Leather, you know without the leather.
According to, where these White/Red pics came from, they only came in these two colors
Well I can't speak much more on these since I don't have a pair myself, but I will say that these were probably the last Canvas shoes worn in the NBA. Does anyone know who that player was? I'll give you a hint it was in the 1980 season, not much of a hint thought. Anyway thanks for checking out the site, hits have been going up over the last week, which is awesome, please keep coming back and telling your friends.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Converse Blog's Weapon Wednesday

In light of yesterdays post of the next colorway of the Wade 3, I'll continue the block fade colorway with today's Weapon. I got these pics from TaoBao but I can't remember who the user was that posted these. As you will see the blocking goes from White in toe cap, Grey in the mid area, and black in the heel, enjoy.

Well that's it for today I've got a lot of home work and rest up for the beat down that the Spurs are going to take from the Heat tonight....OK well I am just glad I don' bet.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Converse Blog: Wade 3 Grey/Black/Red Colorway

Well it's a rare Tuesday morning post, while I should be doing some last minute studying for my exam today on the McDonaldization of the Society, I had to get some pictures out to everyone. I've been sitting on these for a few weeks now, but with this colorway being shown in the latest Slam and now going up at Finishline I thought I would post them.
This is by far my favorite colorway of the Wade 3 that I've seen. It releases Dec. 1 and will retail for 99.99, which is divisible by 3....ok so I am a math dork anyway. To me this shows a lot of potential for what this shoe could be. Aight well I've got to go to class so everyone else have fun.

Monday, November 5, 2007

The Converse Blog

So I got lazy this weekend and did oh, pretty much nothing. Well I did go see American Gangster, which if you haven't seen you should. All of this to say that I hyped a weekend post but I dropped the ball. Speaking of dropping the ball, Bulls, Heat, and Warriors. Three playoff teams starting 0-3, that's not good.

Well I should probably really get down to business today I've got a lot to get to. Not long ago Claude Johnson, who is the Founder & President of Black Fives, Inc. Posted in the comments here about the The Converse Century Black Fives collection. Soon after that sneaker freaker posted more pics and info from the pack. The pics come from sneaker freaker, but check Claude's blog for more updates.
Below you see a picture of all three shoes, from left to right you see the Converse Revolution, Converse, Rens All Star, and the Pro Leather.

The second piece of news today is about a new hire for Converse, it was reported by Ad Week that Geoff Cottrill has been named as Chief Marketing Officer. According to the article Cottrill had been vp, global entertainment at Starbucks since August 2005. You can read more about the hire over at Adweek.

Well I was just talking to my roommate and it turns out I've got more homework than I thought I had so I am going to have to go ahead and call it for today, but come back Wednesday for more. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Mondays, they only happen once a week.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Converse Blog's Friday Flashback: Pandemonium

It's been a few Fridays since there has actually been a flashback. Some of that comes from lack of preparation and most of it comes from my image library being gone. Right off the top of my head I've got four other topics I could bring up, and more if I really thought about it. However I think it's important to return to some normalcy and post a flashback. The other stuff can wait until later, who knows with no Kentucky or Dolphins games to watch this weekend I might even get around to posting something on Saturday or Sunday.

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How did you like that, I am getting all high tech and stuff. That was just a test I'll work on something better. Alright on to today's Flashback. Today's shoe comes from the mid 90's my guess is sometimes around 1994. It features the Chevron in the star logo, along with React juice.

You just don't get shoes like this anymore. You just have to love the 90's and how crazy the designs got. Granted this black/black/purple colorway is not that crazy, the actually design is very loud. From this picture below you can see that this was a shoe for Kevin Johnson.

From the picture of the outsole you can see the React Juice in the heel and in the forefoot. This is the similar React heel found in the Run n Slams that KJ made famous.

Well I wish I knew more about these, but I honestly when I saw them on Ebay it was the first time I had ever seen them. So if you know anymore about them please let me know, I'd also like to find some more colorways too. I miss React something fierce and I hope someday it will return. Regardless we just have to enjoy the gems of the past and embrace the future. Thanks for stopping by and if you've got a second please click on ad on your way out, I'd really appreciate it.