Converse is once again paying homage to the iconic Pokémon franchise with four new pairs of All Stars. While collabs that nod to kids’ shows and cartoons tend to be overly graphic and packed with detail, the upcoming sneaker pack is minimal and only relies on four Pokémon, as opposed to a larger selection. wide in the past.
The sneakers each take after one of the four most classic Pokemon: Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard and Mewtwo. The color palettes reference the main hue of the respective character, with yellow for Pikachu, lavender for Mewtwo, beige for Eevee, and orange for Charizard.
Those who like subtlety might appreciate that details are kept to a minimum here. A pixelated graphic of each character is stitched onto the tongue label, and the heel features a Pokémon profile with its name, height, weight, and Pokédex number. Eevee and Charizard are referred to as Eiuvui and Lizardon, as both sneakers will be released exclusively in Japan. Converse also pays homage to the series on the hangtags, which resemble a Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, or Master Ball.
The preschool size also joins the range including Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup and Mew versions. All Star logos are holographic and change design to reflect the balls on the hangtags. Two glow-in-the-dark sneakers complete the pack, according to hypebeastalthough official images have yet to arrive.
Catch them all – This isn’t the first time Pokémon has lent its name to a sneaker collaboration, and it’s not even the first to appear on Converse. Fila added the characters to its own sneakers, and Adidas followed suit in 2019. Converse’s previous iterations played around with the silhouette of the sneakers a bit more by incorporating Pikachu’s face into the toe box and using more prints. in the stem. Pokemon-themed shoes tend to catch the eye of those who were raised with the series or even want to pass the lore on to their own family, so the full family size is a plus in this case.
The Pokémon Converse will release exclusively in Japan for around $99, but if you want to nab at least one of the pairs, a proxy service could save you from having to pay for resale.