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Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970s Ox

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A longstanding collaborative partnership that melds two brands who use their rich and diverse history as the pivot to their success, Converse and Nigel Cabourn have teamed up once again to reimagine one of the American footwear label’s best loved silhouette.

Part of Converse’s 1st String line, the collaborative duo take the iconic Chuck Taylor 1970s Ox silhouette and marry their unique aesthetics to the style that takes a distinctly different direction from the Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi which launched earlier in the year.

Sticking closely to the 1970′s OG design, Cabourn adds a military-charged vintage wash camouflage print to the canvas uppers whilst replacing the molded toecap for a tonal canvas panel. Classic decals still remain such as the crisp white midsole, red accent piping and bold red outsole.

The Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970s Ox launches Friday 7th November 2014 via the Converse Launch Page.

Converse 1970′s Chuck Taylor ‘Tri-Colour’ Pack

Thursday, July 24th, 2014


An iconic shoe that is laced with history and nostalgia, the Chuck Taylor is having something of a renaissance under its 1970′s moniker.

After the popularity of more colourful releases from the 1970′s range, the latest iteration sees Converse deck out both the Chuck Taylor Hi and Ox in triumvirate of bold hues, accentuating the simplistic construction of these classic styles.

The ‘Tri-Colour’ application sees the silhouette split into two, with strong colours defining each side panel seperated by a neutral strip from the toebox to the heel. As you’d expect, classic decals aren’t eschewed with its heavy canvas uppers, metal eyelets, padded insole and toebox, striped midsole and Converse All Star branded tab to the heel all appearing in its 1970′s glory.

For more information on the Converse 1970′s Chuck Taylor ‘Tri-Colour’ Pack, please feel free to email us at [email protected].


Release Information
Name: Converse 1970′s Chuck Taylor Ox ‘Tri-Colour’ QS
Colour: Red/White/Blue
Style Code: 146152C
Launch Date: 25th July 2014

Release Information
Name: Converse 1970′s Chuck Taylor Hi ‘Tri-Colour’ QS
Colour: Nightshade/Red/Green
Style Code: 146151C
Launch Date: 25th July 2014





Converse Chuck Taylor 1970s Hi ‘Vintage Flag’ QS – Online Now

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Somewhat ironically, the decision by Converse to look to the past has managed to completely rejuvenate the Chuck Taylor, thanks to tireless attention to detail and most importantly, a great original design.

The Chuck Taylor 1970s resurrects the nuances of that decade’s design, from nickel eyelets, to the license plate style heel tab and midsole foxing specs, utilising them across a broad new range of colourways.

The latest takes on a Converse favourite, in a way we’ve never seen before, splitting the stars and striped between both shoes, this limited edition release has been given a distressed effect for a vintage aesthetic.

Online now, head over to the Converse section to explore this new look for Chuck.

Converse 1st String x Maison Martin Margiela – Coming Soon

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


One of 2013′ biggest releases, the Converse 1st String x Maison Martin Margiela collaboration took a totally unique idea and executed it across some of the legendary sneaker manufacturers best loved silhouettes.

Back again for Spring / Summer 2014, the iconic Belgian designers namesake house has taken on the Chuck Taylor 1970s Hi and the Jack Purcell Jack Ox on once again, literally utilising them as a canvas, hand painting each shoe individually in clean white, creating a transient, minimal white coating.

Intended to create a distressed aesthetic and a finish absolutely unique to each shoe, this white paint is design to flake off, over time gradually revealing the shoe beneath.

A fascinating approach to the art of collaboration and one of the most highly anticipated footwear releases of 2014, the latest round of Converse 1st String x Maison Martin Margiela is released here at END. on the 23rd May 2014, head to the Launch Page now to take a closer look.







Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70′s ‘Vintage Flag’

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Released to commemorate Memorial Day in the States, Converse have reworked their ever-popular Chuck Taylor All Star 70′s silhouette baring the star-spangled banner.

The classic sneaker is part of Converse’s premium range and complements the stars on the left shoe and the stripes on the right to give the mismatched pair a refreshing alternative to some of the more traditional CT colourways.

The ‘Vintage Flag’ is finished with usual details such as Chuck Taylor branding to the heel and the iconic star logo to the inner ankle as well as premium touches such nickle eyelets and three lace sets.

Release Information
Name: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70′s ‘Vintage Flag’
Colour: Legion Blue, White & Red
Style Code: 143886C
Release Date: 26th May

Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The first round of collaboration between all time END. favourite Nigel Cabourn and sneaker legends Converse was something truly special and this latest project more than meets the standard set by the legendary British designers take on the Bosey Hi.

Combining a classic piece of design and one of the best loved sneaker silhouettes of all time with authentic details from his personal collection of over 4000 vintage military and archive pieces, this new iteration of the Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi incorporates incredibly hard wearing Ventile uppers.

A staple material for Nigel Cabourn, Ventile is considered to be the first truly effective all weather performance fabric that has been utilised by the Defence Garment Industry since the 1940’s and was the material of choice for WWII fighter pilots thanks to its incredible durability and weather proof qualities.

Reworking the Chuck Taylor with full ventile uppers and a selection of considered contrasting detailing, this new Cabourn pays also pays respect to the celebrated history of Converse.

Taking on the 1970s edition, constructed to archive specifications, this is an inspired re-imagining of the iconic Chuck.

Online now, head to the Converse section to take a proper look.



Converse First String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor Plimsole Ox

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Nigel Cabourn is an all time favorite for us here at End and we think this collaboration with sneaker legends Converse is something really special.

With everything that he does, Nigel is able to incorporate an insight into the kind of design that stands the test of time and arguably, there is no footwear company that embodies this idea more than Converse, with their iconic designs remaining largely unchanged throughout its history.

It is this reverence for historically significant designs that has set Nigel’s designs apart, having amassed a personal collection of over 4000 original pieces, his expertise extends as far into vintage military issue apparel as it does into classic sportswear.

Taking inspiration from both of these styles, Nigel has created this modern take on a classic military plimsole in collaboration with Converse’ high end First String division, creating a brand new take the Chuck Taylor silhouette.

These classically styled, low cut precursors to the modern training shoe are constructed with all of the expert knowledge of both parties and boast a whole host of authentic detailing.

Launching here at End on the 21/06/2013, take a closer look at this latest round of collaboration between Nigel Cabourn and Converse in our Launch section.

Nigel Cabourn x Converse Launch Party – 11th April at End Hunting Co.

Monday, April 8th, 2013

To celebrate the release of the Nigel Cabourn x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey, we are teaming up with them both for an evening of 1940′s fun!

Join us in a transformed End Hunting Co. on Thursday 11th April from 6-9pm for drinks, meets and greets with Nigel Cabourn and a raffle to win not only a pair of the collaborative Bosey boots, but also a Nigel Cabourn Taped Ventile Aircraft Jacket that inspired them.

The party will be continuing at No.28 from 9pm with a special DJ set and live performance from Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, cut-throat shaves from DemonBarber1969 and 1940s inspired cocktails. The winner of the raffle prize will also be announced.

Cabourn examines Converse’s rich American heritage of boots and sneakers created for the outdoors and the military, and infuses his own designs into the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey with rich Ventile fabric uppers in military-inspired navy and olive green colors. Ventile fabric was developed for use in WWII flight suits as a material to protect Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pilots when they ejected from their planes into icy cold waters. The Ventile fabric extended survival time tenfold and saved many ejected pilots’ lives. Suits made with Ventile fabric remain in use by British Royal Air Force to this day.

Get the date in your Filofax and we’ll see you on the 11th!







Converse x Aloha Rag Jack Purcell

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The latest release from Converse’s highly limited First String range has been produced to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Honolulu based sneaker store, Aloha Rag. This novel take on the classic Jack Purcell features a zipped tongue, cracked leather and linen uppers and some brilliantly considered attention to detail including calf skin lining with embossed detail and a ‘hidden’ embroidered skull motif.

As with all First String releases, numbers are extremely limited, and with the shoe getting the ‘trainer of the year’ award from the Selectism blog, we reckon these are set to fly out…



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