Joshua Vides is known for his iconic graphic monochrome illustrations and has applied it to everything from a BMW E30 M3 to skateboards and a Fendi capsule, but now the Los Angeles-based artist is teaming up with back to Converse for a three-part collaboration.
Vides has previously worked with Converse alongside the now-renamed MA®KET and has done another capsule alongside MCA Chicago, meaning this time around is the artist’s first-ever solo collaboration with the legendary shoe giant. As expected, shades of white and black dominate on all three pairs – namely the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Hi, Weapon CX Hi and Pro Leather Ox – but more than just a special colorway and graphic technique has been applied. to three.
For example, Chuck’s signature canvas upper appears black with white dots throughout, but has been covered with a white zip shield that, when complete, acts as the outer structure of the shoe. Here, Converse’s roundel sits alongside a grained leather tongue, a set of dots on the toe cap, and a traffic cone logo on the sidewall.
Vides’ Weapon CX Hi is arguably the best of the trio, sporting a “Black/Clear/Rutabaga” colorway that finds a cutout canvas upper filled with plastic overlays bearing the artist’s vision on the Converse chevron logo. . Rounding out the pack is of course the Pro Leather Ox, which combines “Natural Ivory” canvas side panels with black leather on the toe and heel, coming together for something more closely associated with the typical style of Empty. Accordingly, eyelets are underlined, as are all piping, branding and stitching elements. All three pairs are completed with the double-branded, double-length tongue that combines Converse’s moniker with the artist’s signature.
Take a look at the Joshua Vides x Converse pack above and grab all three pairs from retailers like Asphalt Gold on March 10.
In other news, Saint Laurent has launched its SMITH sneaker referencing skateboarding and basketball.