Converse made their All Star sneakers look like a Timberland boot
Two rights can do a wrong, as evidenced by the latest creation from Converse Japan. The brand took inspiration from Timberland’s iconic 6-inch boot and applied it to their classic All Star sneaker, resulting in a shoe that isn’t quite one or the other. Featuring a tan leather upper, rubber platform sole and dark brown leather collar, the Converse is a Frankenstein of streetwear culture.
As punk bands and e-girls embrace All Stars, Timbs has a legacy that goes beyond “deadass” memes. The boots have been referenced multiple times in black pop culture, Biggie Smalls’ Brooklyn Cries, and collaborations with brands like Supreme and OVO. Timbs’ sneaker version of Converse Japan – which makes no official reference to the boot brand – will likely be ridiculed for its budding design, which doesn’t have the same meaning as the real deal.
Mistakes were made – As part of Converse Japan’s “Brand New Vintage” collection, the sneakers are reminiscent of the original 1973 Timberland boot design, which hasn’t changed much over the past 48 years. A nubuck-like synthetic leather upper, chunky lug sole and padded heel turn the All Star into a boot-like style, arriving in Timbs’ classic “Wheat” hue as well as an all-black iteration. Rubber tips and a leather collar make the sneaker look even more like a work boot.
Between the chunky rubber sole and plush collar, the All Star’s upper retains its own heritage. Flaunting classic laces – instead of the chunky rope laces often seen on Timbs – the sneaker features gold-tone metal eyelets and Converse branding on its sides.
Just buy some Timbs, boy – It should be noted that the Converse that created these shoes, however, is not the brand owned by Nike; instead, Converse Japan operates exclusively in East Asia. But if you’re really dying to buy these bootleg sneakers (no pun intended), you can buy them from the Converse Japan website, where the shoes sell for 10,450 (around $ 95). The All Stars are half the price of real Timberland boots, but you get what you pay for.
Since you also need to pay the international shipping cost, you’d better buy the real deal. Otherwise, you’ll be ridiculed for wearing counterfeit Timbs (and rightly so).