Sneaker News Top 30 of 2012
30 | STUSSY x CONVERSE PRO LEATHER
Converse is a brand that doesn’t need any lessons in staying power. The footwear label that dates back over a century has written the book on timeless sneaker fashion, with the Chuck Taylor leading the way to dominant relevance on an unmatched global level. This year, the New England-based brand re-inserted a fellow basketball icon in the Pro Leather back into the lifestyle sneaker scene with an impressive re-launch of the shoe; with the help of Dr. J, a limited-edition release with Jordan Brand, a special capsule of World Basketball Festival colorways, and a slew of collaborative projects on the exquisite First String label, the Pro Leather was poised for success.
Of the entire collection of Pro Leather releases in 2012, the premiere editions were undoubtedly the trio of “patchwork” designs put forth by the New York City chapter of revered street-wear brand Stussy. The inspiration for the two releases came directly from 1990’s Americana fashion, with a striking patchwork of premium materials like plaid,
denim, corduroy, canvas, and the American flag comprising the rear of the shoe. Two distinct color ways of navy blue and a burnt reddish brown suede were released in late August, and with just 125 pairs of each color being available, neither one had any trouble selling out immediately.
Converse fans were in for a pleasant treat as a third “camouflage” patchwork design became available in December. This third rendition unified various styles of the ubiquitous camouflage print – a rather trendy design option for sneakers this year and Stussy’s second time in a year using “Camo” on a Converse – the first being the Sea Star Ox of the Spring/Summer season. Converse’s careful selection of Stussy as one of five partners for the Fall/Winter line of First String Pro Leathers proved to be a decision worthy of celebration as their “New York Crew” was responsible for producing arguably the strongest Converse release of the year.