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Rick Owens x Converse Chuck Taylor

Goth Converse x Rick Owens DRKSHDW TURBODRK Chuck 70 Sneakers

The new Rick Owens DRKSHDW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70 has made a splash in the sneaker world due to its reimagined shaping and exaggerated design. Using the timeless classic as his canvas, the shoe possesses all the freaky weirdness you’d expect from the God of Goth-Chic.

TURBODRK Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Hi Rick Owens DRKSHDW Key Specs

  • Style Code: 172344C
  • Colourway: Black/White/Egret
  • Retail Price: $170 USD
  • Release Date: July 27, 2021
  • Collaboration: Converse x Rick Owens DRKSHDW
  • Upper Material: Black Canvas
  • Sole: Exaggerated White Rubber
  • Design Features:
    • White laces
    • Rick Owens’ signature logo on the tongue
    • Exaggerated sole for a distinctive look
    • Combines Rick Owens’ avant-garde style with the classic Converse Chuck Taylor silhouette
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Image: Rick Owens/Converse

Released in both a low and high top, Owen describes the collaborative footwear as “distorting the ubiquitous.” In distortion, he has utilised trademark monochromatic shades of white and black, combined with punk rock undertones that offer a distinct style differentiation from the original.

No stranger to innovation, Owen wanted to put his unique spin on Chuck Taylor and represent the sneaker’s boundary-pushing culture. “When I think of Converse, I think of the black-and-white Chuck Taylors and the punk rock generation. Wearing Chuck Taylors, you align yourself with an experimental generation,” Owens said in the official press release.

Rick Owens x Converse Chuck Taylor
Image: Rick Owens/Converse

The most glaring and perhaps most divisive feature is the introduction of the square-toe grill, inspired by platform boots worn by Owen’s in the past few seasons. Along with unique sections, lines and grooves, the shoe boasts an extended tongue that pushes past the original design. True to form, Owen has possibly created a Chuck Taylor that is more eccentric and rebellious than their former self.

What Makes Them Gothic Converse?

Goth Converse are classic Converse sneakers styled to fit a gothic aesthetic. Black is the typical go-to colour for goth Converse, but many people also goth-ify white ones by dyeing them black. Other gothic twists come from embellishments like studs, spikes, patches and even paint.

The limited editions from the Rick Owens’ DRKSHDW collection are a perfect fit, from a design with a goth or punk aesthetic. Overall, goth Converse are about taking a classic sneaker and making it your own with a dark and edgy twist.

The Rick Owens DRKSDHW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70 is set to drop globally on Converse and Rick Owens’ websites today.

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