Aaron Herrington

December 17th, 2014

Hometown:
Corvallis, Oregon.

Sponsors:
Polar Skate Co., Bones Bearings, Converse, Sml Wheels, Independent trucks, DQMNYC, Mob grip, Theories Of Atlantis, Coma Brand, Dickies. 

First skateboard?
My brothers old skateboard he never rode. Scarecrow deck with Ventures and Spitfires. 

What gets you hyped to skate?
New York City. Skateboarding. Music. Friends and family.

What inspires you?
My friends.

What is your favorite place?
Oregon. Copenhagen. Lima. 

What’s your favorite sneaker?
Chuck Taylor Skate Hi, Star Player Pro, Jack Purcell.

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Noise To The World

December 3rd, 2014

Download the free limited-edition compilation featuring a six-song EP that includes new holiday covers and original holiday tracks by various artists and musicians.

Divided into three holiday-themed split singles, “Noise to the World” pairs original tracks by renowned acts including Deer Tick, Dum Dum Girls, and Iamsu!, with original and cover singles by up-and-coming artists who have recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks studio. These include GRMLN, Michael Christmas, and Torreblanca.

Playlist


 

Track Release Schedule

Monday, Dec. 1

Deer Tick – “White Havoc” (Original Single)

GRMLN – “Before December (I’m Alive)” (Original Single)

Wednesday, Dec. 3

IamSu! ft. HBK CJ & 1-O.A.K. – “Next Season” (Original Single)

Michael Christmas – “Pleasant Winter” (Original Single)

Friday, Dec. 5

Dum Dum Girls – “On Christmas” (Original Single)

Torreblanca – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
 

In-Store Performances

To run in conjunction with this release, Converse inline stores across the U.S. will host in-store holiday performances by various Converse Rubber Tracks artists. Scheduled performances throughout the month include:

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Michael Christmas – 6:00 p.m. – Newbury Street (Boston, MA)

Thursday, Dec. 4

Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls x Ice Choir – 6:00 p.m. – SoHo (New York, NY)

Thursday, Dec. 18

GRMLN – 7:00 p.m. – Santa Monica (CA)

Thursday, Dec. 18

Antwon – 7:00 p.m. – San Francisco (CA)
 

Rubber Tracks Artists

Deer Tick
 

Dum Dum Girls
 

GRMLN
 

IamSU
 

Michael Christmas
 

Torreblanca

Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber

September 2nd, 2014

Converse debuts the Fall 2014 Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber collection, providing a stylish way to protect your feet from rainy days. Featuring a sleek monochromatic look, the collection will launch in Canada on September 2 and in the United States on September 15.

CTAS Rubber

The Fall 2014 Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber collection features soft fleece lining, with a rubber upper in rich monochromatic colors. Designed with a gusseted tongue and brass eyelets, the water resistant Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber is built to help protect your feet during rainy day weather and music festival mud pits.

Available in unisex adult and kids sizes, the new Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber collection comes in seven rich colors with a special monochromatic white version sold exclusively at Converse stores and Converse.com.

Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber (Adult)
CTAS Rubber Adult

Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber (Kids)
CTAS Rubber Kids

The Fall 2014 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber collection will be available for purchase in Canada on September 2 at specialty retailers and in the United States on September 15 at Converse stores and Converse.com for MSRP $65 (adults) and MSRP $45 (kids).

Wiz Khalifa Collection by Converse

August 20th, 2014

Converse unveils the new Fall 2014 Wiz Khalifa sneaker collection featuring the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL. Available in two colors, the new silhouette is inspired by the artist’s rebellious individuality and fashion-forward style. This marks Wiz Khalifa’s second sneaker collaboration with Converse following the successful launch of the Fall 2013 collection.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went from breakthrough artist to feature film star in the short span of two years. Along the way there were revered mixtapes and the proliferation of Khalifa’s record label Taylor Gang Records. Khalifa’s use of the word “Taylor” hails from the high school that he attended, which is coincidentally where his long time affinity for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers began.

“I am very excited about continuing my relationship with Converse and releasing this new sneaker collection,” says Wiz Khalifa. “We spent a lot of time designing each part of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL and the end result is exactly what I wanted.”

CTAS ILL

CTAS ILL

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL by Wiz Khalifa incorporates several distinct accents including the Wiz Khalifa branded logo tab and eyelet, while staying true to the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette. The sneakers also feature a leather upper with an oversized Chuck Taylor logo on the medial side. Available in black and white, the black style features a translucent outsole with gold fleck detailing. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL collection by Wiz Khalifa will be available at Foot Locker, Footaction and Eastbay beginning August 22 for $70 USD.

Converse x Missoni

July 29th, 2014

Converse debuts its Fall 2014 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni collection featuring Missoni’s signature zig-zag designs on Converse’s iconic All Star silhouettes. Since 2010, Converse and Missoni have partnered together to create eight premium First String sneaker collections. Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. This fall, Converse and Missoni take their partnership to the next level with an expansive all new Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker offering for both men and women. The new collection features Missoni’s iconic patterns printed on the signature Chuck Taylor All Star and Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy sneakers.

The new Fall 2014 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni collection launches exclusively at Nordstrom (nordstrom.com) on Monday, August 4 and includes a style exclusive to Nordstrom. The rest of the collection will be available at Converse retail stores and converse.com on Thursday, August 28.

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR MISSONI
Available exclusively to Nordstrom, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Missoni low-top features the classic zig zag print and is available in both men and women sizes. Available Colors include Lucky Stone/Egret. Suggested Retail Price: $85 USD
Missoni

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR MISSONI
Available in unisex sizing, three iconic Missoni prints are featured on the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops and low-top in Black/Egret, Auburn/Egret and Mediterranean/Egret. Suggested Retail Price: $85 – $100 USD
Missoni
Missoni
Missoni

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR FANCY
Available exclusively for women, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Fancy serves as the perfect blank canvas for two of Missoni’s distinct patterns. These styles feature a more feminine silhouette that still maintains the classic Chuck Taylor look in available colors Hollyhock/Auburn and Black/Egret. Suggested Retail Price: $95 – $100 USD
Missoni
Missoni

Converse x Black Sabbath

July 9th, 2014

VIDEO: Converse x Black Sabbath, Part 1

Just as they inspired Converse and the collection, Black Sabbath continue to inspire countless musicians the world over. We interviewed artists in the metal world and beyond to get their take on their favorite Black Sabbath album, and the guttural reactions these albums still generate.

Revered metal musicians and industry professionals discuss Black Sabbath’s legendary 1970 debut album, which marked the beginning of heavy metal music and culture. Includes interviews with members of Candiria, Mutoid Man, Nuclear Blast Records, and More!

The latest Converse x Black Sabbath collection builds from where the first two collections left off – inspired by one of the greatest bands of all time, Converse has created three new sneakers for the Fall season. The collaboration features album artwork from Black Sabbath’s most groundbreaking records “Never Say Die” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” designed by acclaimed illustrator Drew Struzan, as well as iconic live photography.

Converse x Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath is credited with creating “heavy metal” and their genre-defining music marked a paradigm shift in the world of rock. Since debuting in 1969, Black Sabbath has inspired millions to unleash their creative spirit through music. One of the most iconic bands of all time has once again teamed up with one of the most iconic sneakers of all time for a truly special Converse Chuck Taylor All Star collection.

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath collection will be available at Converse stores and on Converse.com beginning Thursday, July 10 with each style retailing for $60 USD.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath Live (White)

Black Sabbath Live

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath Live hi-top features an iconic black and white concert photo of Ozzy giving a double peace sign while the band jams in the background on the fabric upper. The tongue label features the black stitched band logo.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black / Red)

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sabbath Bloody Sabbath hi-top features canvas uppers printed with cover art from one of Black Sabbath’s heaviest and most loved records, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” which was recorded in the dungeons of the Clearwell Castle in England. The album artwork by legendary artist Drew Struzan captures the mood and vibe of those recording sessions. The stitched “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” tongue label features the same text font as the album cover. The shoe’s fabric upper features imagery from the cover art.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Never Say Die (Black / Gold)

Never Say Die

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Never Say Die hi-top features the logo and cover art from Black Sabbath’s last studio album with their original lineup, “Never Say Die.” The cover art was created by one of the most iconic artists in rock music, Storm Thorgerson, who was part of the Hipgnosis Collective that created several legendary album covers. The stitched “Never Say Die” tongue label features the same text font as the album cover and the album image is printed on the fabric upper.

Pontus Alv

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
I am from a small town called Malmö, Sweden. It’s small but it has an amazing skateboard community and an amazing support from the city. Malmö city’s vision is to be one of the best skateboard cities in the world. I think we are on a really good way to get there thanks to all the great people here involved with the city’s development.

Sponsors:
I just want to skate and do my things and just be me. My ideas and visions are supported by Converse CONS & Carhartt and the platform / stage is called Polar Skate Co. It’s all a film to me or a game of chess.

First skateboard?
My first real professional board was a second hand Bill Danforth Alva pro-model. I bought it from a kid down the street. A few years ago Bill Danforth was invited to Malmö city and I met him. It was a epic moment. I will never forget his frontside wallride off a jumpramp with no shirt on and he rides away with this gnarly face. As a kid I was super scared of him and the rest of the Alva hooligans!

What gets you hyped to skate?
All this new fresh energy right now in skateboarding. A lot of new cool dudes taking control starting brands and pushing out new ideas and visions. A lot of new rad skaters pushing skateboarding in rad creative ways experimenting with classic rad elements. I am really happy that style attitude vibe soul and other creative forms are being pushed again. For a while skateboarding became too much of a trick/hammer program and we lost the idea of the soul, the riding, the fun, the playful elements. It’s just a piece of wood with four wheels similar to a toy a instrument. Lets play with it again, joke with it and just mess around. I am stoked to see people in videos playing, laughing, smiling and not taking this culture too seriously. Well, bottom line skateboard culture is alive again and we are going in a very fun interesting direction right now. Really excited to see the next years unfold. Stoked!

What inspires you?
You can find inspiration everywhere it depends on what kind of inspiration you are looking for. Lately I been really into feeding pigeons outside my local supermarket. I really like to watch study other forms of life to see how they do their things. How does pigeons make love? How do they sleep? Things like that.

What is your favorite place?
Malmö, Copenhagen, New York, Paris, Tokyo, so far more to be explored.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
From Converse; Jack Purcell and the One Star. Classic stuff.

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Don “Nuge” Nguyen

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Oklahoma City, OK.

Sponsors:
Baker, Independent, Converse CONS, OJ’s, Shake Junt, Hard Luck, Active, Happy Hour, Vol. 4, Goal Zero, Loud, Psockadelic.

First skateboard?
First board was a Variflex, first real set up was a Vision Mark Gonzalez with Indys and OJ-II’s

What gets you hyped to skate?
My friends get me real hyped to skate. Just being outside pushing and skating with the homies is the best feeling that cannot be replaced. I wake up everyday thinking about skating first. its really weird.

What inspires you?
Being able to be on the road. Traveling and music are a big inspiration. I want to travel forever.

What is your favorite place?
Barcelona and Copenhagen.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
The CTAS Pro.

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Sean Pablo

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsors:
Fucking Awesome, Supreme, Converse CONS.

First skateboard?
Stereo Jason Lee board. I was super young, like 9 or 10.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Watching my friends skate.

What inspires you?
Steve McQueen.

What is your favorite place?
New York City.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
Boat shoe.

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Sage Elsesser

June 23rd, 2014

Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsors:
Fucking Awesome, Supreme, Converse CONS.

First skateboard?
Real young, about 7 or 8.

What gets you hyped to skate?
Watching Aidan Mackey.

What inspires you?
Friends and Family.

What is your favorite place?
Landmark Diner.

What’s your favorite sneaker?
Chuck Taylor.

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