Art POP-IN@Nordstrom

Custom Chucks @ Our Converse Pop-In Shop

From revolutionizing basketball in the 1920s to igniting punk rock counterculture to becoming the go-to shoe for men, women and kids of all ages, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has seen it all—until now.

To celebrate this month’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom, which is devoted to all things Converse, we’ve invited local artists from every corner of the USA to put their own unique spin on the ultimate blank canvas: a pristine pair of white high-top Chucks. Keep reading to see 14 hand-painted sneakers—and find out where you can nab these limited-edition kicks while supplies last.

[Please note: Each hand-painted shoe design can only be found at a specific store, as listed below—and each is a limited edition of 30 pairs, so they’re likely to go fast! Available in men’s and women’s sizes; $74.95 each. Not available for purchase online.]

Magic Dragon • Illustrated by Ten Hundred
Available at Nordstrom Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA)

Making Faces • Illustrated by Jesse LeDoux & Frances Nelson
Available at Nordstrom Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA)

The Eyes Have It • Illustrated by Jesse LeDoux & Frances Nelson
Available at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle (Seattle, WA)

Talking Heads • Illustrated by Ten Hundred
Available at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle (Seattle, WA)

Skeleton Crew • Illustrated by Landis Blair
Available at Nordstrom Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL)

Walk the Line • Illustrated by Ian Ferguson
Available at Nordstrom Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL)

Liquid Sunshine • Illustrated by Matthew Fleming
Available at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre (San Francisco, CA)

Crowded House • Illustrated by Brad Amorosino
Available at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre (San Francisco, CA)

Major Laser • Illustrated by Tyler Hooper
Available at Nordstrom NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX)

Dog Daze • Illustrated by Favio Moreno
Available at Nordstrom NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX)

Entering Orbit • Illustrated by Sean Berg
Available at Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center (McLean, VA)

My Pet Monster • Illustrated by Matt Corrado
Available at Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center (McLean, VA)

Supply Closet • Illustrated by Mikey Burton
Available at Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, PA)

Old Man & the Sea • Illustrated by Eddie Kihm
Available at Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, PA)

In Bloom • Illustrated by Mike Perry
Available at Nordstrom Garden State Plaza (Paramus, NJ)

Urban Geometry • Illustrated by Josh Cochran
Available at Nordstrom Garden State Plaza (Paramus, NJ)


Click the store links above to find out about additional artist events, where you can watch your Chucks become one-of-a-kind works of art before your very eyes. And to discover a world of Converse for men, women and kids, visit our online shop—Converse.


Justin Abbott
Photos by Angela Sumner

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 26, 2014, 9:38 pm

    Hi again Shari,
    I spoke with our team. Please give our King of Prussia store a call at 610-265-6111; they will be happy to do anything they can to amend the situation. One of our Marketing Managers will be calling ahead to the KOP Store Manager and Customer Service as well, to inform them of your situation so they will be aware when you call. Please feel free to let us know on here if we can help any further—and if you like, there’s also an “Email the Editor” option on the right-hand side of this page; if you use that, it will allow us to email you back directly.
    Thank you and all the best,
    —Justin, Blog Editor

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 26, 2014, 9:30 am

    Hi Shari, so sorry about that! I will bring this up with our larger team, and will let you know what we can do to help.

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 26, 2014, 9:28 am

    Hi Joy, thanks for your question! Unfortunately our Converse Pop-In Shop was for a limited time only, and ended April 20. Check out our new Pop-In, Surf City, live now—and watch for new unique projects in the future!

  • Joy April 19, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Hey will
    You be in any other stores In New York New Jersey philly area in May making converse?

  • Shari April 14, 2014, 8:53 am

    I purchased a pair of white converse yesterday at the King of Prussia mall and then went to the Pop up shop, picked out a design and then they were picked up by my daughter about 2 hours later. I thought that what I was getting was what I picked out but when we got them back, the design was 5x bigger and covered the whole one side of my sneaker and looks awful, like graffiti. Can they fix this by painting white or am I stuck with these awful sneakers? They should let you know how big the design will be. I feel ripped off!!!

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 7, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Hi Johnny – thanks for asking! We just updated this post to include Ten Hundred’s new design for Seattle – plus artist Matthew Fleming in San Francisco. Enjoy – and if you pick up a pair, let us know by tagging a pic with #NordstromPOP on Instagram!

  • johnny April 7, 2014, 10:29 am

    Where is Ten Hundred’s (Peter Robinson’s) shoes for the Seattle Location? Those are some of my favorites!

  • Shelby April 1, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Please bring these to Hawaii one day!!! specifically Oahu!

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 1, 2014, 10:50 am

    Dear Smiley, very sorry for the delay—we have been looking into your question and will get back to you on this ASAP!

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 1, 2014, 10:49 am

    Hi Leslie! You are correct on both counts. In addition to the pre-designed shoes pictured above, we ALSO have shoe-customization events in the 8 selected stores each week, in which we’ll have artists (different than the artists above) on-hand to create custom shoes just for you. Click on the store links in the article above to find dates and times at the store nearest you.
    Thanks for reading!

  • Justin, Blog Editor April 1, 2014, 10:46 am

    Hi James! Thanks for your comment. Our Converse pop-in shop is only open for a limited time (3/21–4/20), so we were only able to work with a handful of artists—but thanks for your interest! Let us know his or her name anyway, we’d love to check out their work.

  • Leslie March 27, 2014, 12:56 pm

    I thought this was an event in which they would tag or paint on new pairs of Chucks purchased the day of the event in the store during event hours. Is that something different?

  • James March 27, 2014, 10:43 am

    I know an artist in San Antonito, how could she submit a design for consideration for our city?

  • Palita March 25, 2014, 11:51 am

    These are so cool. Are these the same ones that the artist at theFaderFort at SXSW did?

  • Justin, Blog Editor March 24, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Hi Phyll! Yes, they can be ordered by phone from the individual stores that carry them. Just click the store link under the shoe you’re interested in, and it will take you to a page with the correct phone number to call. Tell them you’re interested in ordering an artist-designed shoe from the Converse pop-in shop.

  • Phyll March 24, 2014, 9:51 am

    Bring this to Cleveland!!!! So disappointed that I live far from these Nordstrom stores. Can these be ordered ????

  • Smiley March 21, 2014, 2:28 pm

    What kind of supplies are used to make these designs/art? And would the design last or end up fading?

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