Further delving into their extensive archive, Converse returns this season to revive one of the brand’s lesser celebrated silhouettes – the Converse Lucky Star.
The Converse brand runs synonymously with basketball, and the two have gone hand-in-hand for over a century. The American icons history is deeply rooted within the sport; they have garnered a reputation worldwide for their comprehensive collection of basketball sneakers, many spawning from the from the legendary Converse All Star debuting back in 1917.
One of the many to evolve from the All Star style was the Lucky Star – first introduced in 1967, the Chuck Taylor Lucky Star was crafted with high-quality materials dubbed as performance features and defined by its distinct Lucky Star patch to the sidewall and vintage “Chuck Taylor” license plate. Although at the time of its original release the pair was still defined by their “Chuck Taylor” moniker, the Lucky Star boasted additional unique features differentiating it from the original.
The pair debuted a unique outsole, toe bumper, and textured foxing tape, unseen on previous styles. An extra line of supportive stitching in the midfoot between the foxing tap and the eyestay was another stylistic modification. Fast forward to 2018, where basketball culture is leading in creating (and breaking) style rules and the elusive ‘Lucky Star’ sees a re-entry into the vast Converse line up.
Remaining true to the original that informed it, the Converse Lucky Star arrives at size? in both a high and low cut iteration in shades of white and black respectively, both crafted with the same distinguished sidewall stitching. The Hi features the ‘Lucky Star’ call out to the sidewall, however, the low-cut Ox does away with the branding. Underfoot, both pairs use a modernised rubber outsole, decorated in a star print to provide ultimate levels of grip on and off the basketball court.
The One Star Academy is the older relative of the suede One Star we’ve been seeing plenty of recently, debuting in 1970 and trialed as Converse’s first attempt at a leather sneaker since the 1940’s. The iconic central star is surrounded by matching canvas stripes, in a colourway fit for a classic 70s basketball uniform.
We asked London based stylist and visual director Thomas Kwofie to take each of the shoes from the pack and style them out in his own way, working them into his distinct and varied combination of track pants, fleeces, and oversized workwear.
The Converse Lucky Star Hi, Ox Low and One Star Academy will be available via the size?previews app and in size? stores on Saturday 8th December, priced at £70, and available in both men’s and women’s sizes