Jul 14, 2023
by Sofia de la Cruz
Converse’s Classic Chuck 70 Gets a Utilitarian Makeover With A-Cold-Wall* Collaboration
by Sofia de la Cruz
Jul 14, 2023

Samuel RossA-COLD-WALL** has solidified its status as a pioneer of unconventional contemporary design and sought-after conceptual collaborations. The London-based brand shows no signs of slowing down, maintaining ongoing partnerships with industry heavyweights like Dr. Martens and Timberland.

And when it comes to merging streetwear and high fashion, their history with Converse stands out, marked by successful releases like the Aeon Active CX and Sponge Crater CX.

Since its groundbreaking debut at London Fashion Week in 2019, A-COLD-WALL** has consistently pushed creative boundaries through its collaborations with Converse. Under the design expertise of Ross, the brand’s signature aesthetic effortlessly melds with Converse’s innovative concepts, prioritizing comfort, sustainability and utility.

Their latest joint venture takes shape in a progressive and functional capsule collection that reimagines the iconic Chuck 70 silhouette with a utilitarian twist. This seasonal range streamlines the decision-making process, freeing creators to focus on their craft without sacrificing fit. Utility reigns supreme, complemented by an unwavering commitment to artisanal craftsmanship.

The limited-edition Chuck 70 sneakers embody A-COLD-WALL**’s subversive take on street style. With a heavy waxed canvas upper, these kicks exude both style and durability. Striking details, including a custom hexagonal tongue with raw edges, raised screen print logos and meticulous tack-style hand-stitched elements, elevate the design. However, the inclusion of nubuck leather on the heel disappoints plant-based footwear enthusiasts, as it contradicts the potential for a fully vegan silhouette.

Completing the ensemble are debossed branding on the heel, flat waxed cotton laces, co-branded sock liners and a woven label at the lateral collar. Staying true to Samuel Ross’s artistic vision, the collection maintains a tonal aesthetic, offering the sneakers in captivating “Green/Silver Birch” or “Dark Sapphire/Silver Birch” colorways. Rubber toes and glossy foxing lend a subtle sheen that harmonizes flawlessly with the canvas upper.

The A-COLD-WALL** x Converse Chuck 70 silhouette is now available for purchase online for a retail price tag of $110 USD. Explore the campaign featuring multi-instrumentalist musician Takuya Nakamura in the gallery above.

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