by Stephen Garner

More than two years ago, at the start of her ongoing collaboration with Converse, Feng Chen Wang had, like many designers before, requested the Converse Chuck 70 to complete her spring/summer ‘19 menswear presentation at New York Fashion Week. 

Equipped with more than thirty pairs to complement her runway styles, Wang captured the global attention of creative culture when she presented her vision of the canvas sneaker: a carefully deconstructed and delicately reassembled Chuck 70 concept shoe, complete with hand-painted details. Wang continued to tinker with her concept through shape, style, and color and just a few weeks later, debuted fresh iterations during her show in Shanghai. 

Shortly after the show, Converse and Wang began work to figure out how to formalize the bold concept and bring it to wider audiences. Over the following year, after numerous rounds of construction, fit, and colorway explorations, the team engineered a design and finalized a color palette that demonstrates the cohesion between Wang’s deconstructed ethos and the classic Converse silhouette. 

The resulting Chuck 70 2-in-1 unifies two alternate sizes of Chuck 70 to converge form and style in one approach. Not dissimilar to the exploration of layering often seen in both Wang’s eponymous brand and her recent Converse collaborations, the silhouette is crafted with ‘two’ in mind: a paired organic canvas overlay, double-layered foxing tape, and a modified outsole, spliced into four quadrants, keenly demonstrating the duality of intent for Wang’s idea while providing the wearer with enhanced “flex” in their step within the highly structured build.

The sneakers also feature a double-lace loop for alternative styling while Feng Chen Wang’s namesake logo appears on the heel, sockliner, and laces.  

The Converse x Feng Chen Wang Chuck 70 2-in-1 will launch globally beginning on October 20th in two colorways - black and persimmon orange.