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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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