Sneaker News Top 30 Sneakers of 2011
#26 – CONVERSE FIRST STRING STAR TECH LE HI
By now, the concept of revamping a classic sneaker with a contemporary spin has been done to death, and more times than not, the results have yielded far more misses than hits. But even amidst the asteroid field of ill-conceived recycle jobs, every once in a while, someone comes from out of nowhere with a completely unique approach and creates something truly original and magnificent. The transition of the Converse Star Tech from clunky mid 80′s basketball shoe to sleek, stylish lifestyle model is nothing short of a modern day sneaker design marvel. But then again, Converse’s impeccable classic style also shows how shifting trends do little to affect the real substance behind iconic products. The First String Star Tech LE Hi sports a far different look than the original, putting a progressive
futuristic twist on the traditional make-up of its namesake – the split tongue drawing just as much attention as the asymmetrically designed/colored vamp and its unique medial inset. The stripped down nylon upper with heat-bonded Converse chevron logo gives the shoe a tech look somewhere between a flight jacket and a classic b-ball shoe, while maintaining a timeless aesthetic furthered by a featherlight vulcanized sole, updated with Lunarlon construction. Subtle, yet daring, these elements come together to form a shoe you’re almost not sure if you’ve seen somewhere before. That curious blend of classic style and modern hybridization had sneakerheads seeking out Converse First String retailers to make these one of 2011′s sleeper gems.