There’s nothing we love more than two heritage brands teaming together for good. Joining forces for a new take on the classic Chuck Taylors and One Star, Stüssy and Converse give the shoes a new sustainable meaning with hemp textile. Equal parts breathable and durable, the fabric works as a lighter option to have on rotation for the summer. While they teased the release back in April, the highly-anticipated release is slated to come out June 16.
In true collaborative spirit, the brands bring together a star embroidery on parallel sides of the footwear. The tongue features an “All-Star” shout out on the tongue, and a small Stussy edging on the heels. Recognizable Stüssy and Converse imprints are found in the sole of the shoes. A classic kick that goes with any ensemble, we’re eager to add these into our warm weather looks.
This isn’t the first time Converse has taken on a sustainable silhouette, with their manufacturing practices taking strides towards zero waste. Releases like the Chuck 70 Renew Redux or the All Star Crater Renew Knit have used recycled polyester and reused rubber scraps to repurpose heritage designs. Stüssy has also taken part in a number of sustainable collaborations with other brands like Our Legacy. The latest drop of the Hemp Based Chuck 70 and One Star demonstrates further eco-conscious commitments from the brand.
However, it’s the use of hemp fabric by these progressive companies that’s spotlighting a new textile practice to the industry. The material is not only kind to the environment, but also takes little water to produce. According to a deep dive by Slate, “The cotton plant needs about 50 percent more water per season than hemp,” making it a more sustainable option. Characterized by a linen-like texture, hemp’s versatility can also be blended with other natural fibers to create more durable fabric. Though the material is still relatively new, (and some debate it requires too much energy) it leads a pioneering future towards naturally-sourced substances.