What began as the Converse Rubber Company in 1908, has continued on to become one of the most recognizable footwear brands the world over. Throughout its hundred plus years of existence, Converse has created all types of functional footwear for fishing, camping, hiking and of course basketball. The company even made military footwear for the U.S. government starting in World War II. Like a lot of the brands seen on these pages, Converse has a rich history of making classic American footwear that stands the test of time.
As part of an ongoing partnership (this is their second in a series of special goods), Converse teamed up with the Ace Hotel and its creative head Alex Calderwood for two new styles of canvas and rubber-wrapped 1940s looking shoes. The Ace-only sneakers — dubbed the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey — are an update to the classic Chuck Taylor with design cues taken from vintage wading boots that Converse created for U.S. military basic training way back in the 1940s.
To me this seems to be a pretty logical and fun partnership for everyone involved. You have to give the Ace guys credit for being able to walk (pun intended) in both the product/design and hospitality worlds. Now if only someone could convince them to sell Miller High Life, they’d be doing everything right in my book.
A limited run of 300 pairs of the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey ($100) are available this week to purchase at the Ace Hotel (New York, Seattle, Portland) and online here.