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8 Trendsetting Converse to Shake Up Your Summer Sneaker Look Under $150

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When it comes to sneaker brands, Converse is about as timeless as it gets. The Chuck Taylor All-Star is still as blindingly popular now as it was when it first became a household name in the 1950s. Plus, sneakers like the Jack Purcell and the One Star are sleek-looking silhouettes that are adored by millions across the globe. Converse has plenty of these classic silhouettes in simple colors, but the brand’s mass-market popularity means that everyone and their mom also wears them.

 

However, in recent years, Converse has wooed streetwear fanatics and finicky sneakerheads with limited-edition kicks worthy of every ounce of hype they generate. Whether it’s collaborations with beloved labels like Undercover and JW Anderson or just classic sneakers in extremely style-forward colorways, the brand has managed to create a number of limited-edition kicks that drive fashion insiders wild. We’re talking about shoes that you’ll want to wear the second you get ’em—and we’ve rounded up eight of them so you can have the next-level sneaker game your summer deserves.

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Nordstrom

Converse x Golf Le Fleur One Star Low Top

Rapper, designer and overall well-dressed dude Tyler, the Creator has been working with Converse on their joint Golf Le Fleur sub-label for some time now. The latest sneaker gets dressed up in a quilted velvet with glossy flat laces and an ultra-padded tongue. If all those details weren’t enough to win you over, it comes in a pitch-perfect shade of red that’s both wildly bold and extremely wearable.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Converse Pony Hair Chuck 70 High Top

Leopard print continues to dominate every corner of menswear, from Stüssy’s wavy board shorts to these perfectly loud sneakers from Converse. This pair comes from the brand’s Pony Hair collection, and the dyed calf-hair upper adds just enough eccentric flair to the classic high-top silhouette to keep things interesting. Trust us, you’ll be the only one on your block wearing these.

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Nordstrom

Converse x TheSoloist Jack Purcell Zip Low Top

Takahiro Miyashita, the eccentric designer behind TheSoloist, takes the classic Jack Purcell low-rise sneaker and gives it a monochromatic, off-kilter update that’s chock-full of vintage Americana flair. The upper is decked out in black-and-white stars and stripes, and Miyashita added a chunky zip closure for good measure. It’s a simple sneaker with just enough fashion details to keep it from being boring.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Converse Gore-Tex Chuck 70 Leather Low Top

It’s hard to think of a color more appropriate for summertime than tangerine orange, and these low-top Converse kicks get the bright color treatment—and then some. The sneaker is made of a protective water-repellent textured leather with a waterproof internal bootie and non-wicking laces. These sneakers not only look great but will also keep your feet dry during all your summer adventures.

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Matches Fashion

Converse x JW Anderson Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 Glitter

Only British designer Jonathan Anderson could have menswear enthusiasts and street-style stars lusting after glitter-covered sneakers. This pair is from the designer’s latest collaboration with Converse and it’s one of his best. Crafted from canvas with classic rubber soles, the sneaker is embellished with shimmering mismatched glitter for a look that will certainly turn some heads.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Converse Translucent Midsole Chuck 70 Plaid High Top

In the world of sneakers, it’s been a big year for translucent materials, a style that was kick-started by the wildly influential designer Virgil Abloh. (Abloh’s own Converse sneaker featured an icy blue translucent sole.) This shoe builds on the see-through trend by pairing the motif with a more traditional plaid canvas. The unlikely combo—new-wave design with an old-school fabric—results in one nice-looking sneaker.

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Nordstrom

Converse x Comme des Garçons Play Chuck 70 Low Top

This sneaker is nearly as popular as some of Converse’s wide-release shoes, and with good reason. Comme des Garçons Play x Converse’s Chuck Taylor is iconic, extremely recognizable and just the right amount of playful. These popular sneakers showcase CDG Play’s signature heart-and-eyes emblem, a well-known icon in the fashion world that was designed by New York artist Filip Pagowski.

Buy Now, $135

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Converse Black Patchwork Chuck 70 High Top

Sometimes you want a simple black sneaker that is just slightly tweaked from all the rest, and this Patchwork design from Converse is just that. It’s the classic Chuck 70 style that you know and love, but with silver hardware, contrast white stitching and a mismatched upper that features patches of leather, corduroy and other textiles. Plus, the pairing of black and washed-out blue is an unlikely color combination that will elevate just about any outfit.

 

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