The iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker has gotten its first redesign in 98 years, with elements cribbed from Converse’s relatively new brand overlords at Nike. Luckily for everybody except pitchfork and torch manufacturers, most of the changes are internal, functional ones, and to all outward appearances the Chuck II is more or less identical to the classic original version.
The biggest change in the Chuck II vs the original sneaker is the use of Lunarlon, a lightweight foam familiar to Nike devotees. Incorporating Lunarlon into the sneaker’s rubber sole is supposed to provide a comfier feel, even if you’re on your feet all day. Other updates include a new non-slip tongue and perforated liner for increased breathability.
Purists won’t have to pay more to retain their beloved Chucks, since it’s the Chuck II that carries a MSRP of $15 more than the original shoe – $75 for high-tops, $70 for low when the sneaker hits select retailers on July 28th. You can get some more information at the official Converse site here, as well as see a few pictures of the shoe in the gallery below.