You know Converse sneakers are classic—but do you know exactly how classic they are?
The company was founded in Massachusetts over 100 years ago in 1908. With the help of an Indiana-born baller complaining of sore feet—Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor himself—they revolutionized the sport of basketball in the 1920s. And decades later, Converse became a counterculture talisman on the feet of rock icons from The Ramones to Kurt Cobain to Wayne and Garth.
In homage to this rich history and continued innovation, this month’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom is devoted to all things Converse. In addition to stocking the best selection around of the All Star Chuck ’70 (a sturdy version of the classic, inspired by 1970s Chuck Taylors and pictured in the video above), we’ve commissioned local illustrators from all over the USA to hand-paint wearable works of art using pristine white Chucks as their blank canvas. Check out a few of our favorites [click images to enlarge]:
L: Illustrated by Jesse LeDoux & Frances Nelson • Available at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle (Seattle, WA)
R: Illustrated by Eddie Kihm • Available at Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, PA)
Each design is a limited edition of 30 pairs, goes for $74.95, and is only available at the store listed (not available online).