Mark: Rick Owens DRKSHDW x Converse
Model: DRKSHDW TURBOWPN in Clay and Egret
Release date: Available now
To buy: Highsnobiety shop
Editor’s notes: After Frankenstein-ing his DRKSTAR Chuck 70s, Rick Owens is back giving the classic Converse sneakers a makeover with a new DRKSHDW TURBOWPN drop.
Following an August 2021 release, Rick Owens decides it’s not over with his beefy platform TURBOWPN model, opting for a monochromatic approach with his latest “Clay” and “Egret” colorways.
Aside from the new color options, the vibe of maximum minimalism (or minimalist maximalism?) of the Rick Owens DRKSHDW x Converse TURBOWPN collaboration remains the same.
The TURBOWPN still wears the same premium cowhide leather upper resting on a double-cheeked platform sole – design details that directly call to mind Converse’s historic Weapon basketball shoes and remind you of Rick Owens’ Geobaskets.
So what’s a Rick Owens x Converse sneaker collaboration without some tongue action? Well, sneaker tongues action, that is.
Like his DRKSTAR chucks, you can count on Rick Owens’ signature elongated shoe tongues appearing on the latest collaborative sneakers. Thanks to Converse’s CX foam, the TURBOWPN’s tongues provide comfort and a new, slightly puffy look.
So, of course, no Ricks Owens x Converse collab is just sneakers. The partnership’s usual suspects of baseball caps and drawstring backpacks also found their way into TURBOWPN’s second rollout (because why not?).
It’s never a dull moment from the brand that pumped Aesop scented mist onto its Fall/Winter 2022 runway, so you can’t help but appreciate its mad scientist spins on timeless Converse sneakers.
The Rick Owens DRKSHDW x Converse TURBOWPN are clearly not your dad’s sneakers from the 80s. No, baby, they’ve been Rick-ified for the better.
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