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The Stat Sheet: Nigel Cabourn for Converse CT Plimsole Ox

  • Najib Benouar


In the way of warm-weather footwear, you won’t do much better than the classic canvas sneaker—known as the plimsoll to the real heads.

And this pair might be the finest example we’ve seen this season—a collaboration between the military-minded Nigel Cabourn and sneaker stalwarts Converse that’s just landed at End. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: Nigel Cabourn based the shoes on 1940s British military-issue sneakers, built them on a similar-era Chuck Taylor last and sourced the Ventile canvas upper from the material still used in pilot suits to this day. The shoe comes in track brown, gray and the summeriest of all: eggnog.

Who to Channel: Steve McQueen on his day off; a ’40s-era tennis player at Wimbledon; a trad on summer leave in Nantucket.

When to Wear Them: Anytime between today and Labor Day, especially when it’s feeling like a “chinos and oxford-cloth button-down” kind of day.

Degree of Difficulty: About as hard as it is to tie shoelaces. (Once you’ve done that, wear the hell out of them all summer.)

And now: your moment of inspiration, after the jump.»

Paint it Blue


Ladies and gentlemen, the perfect pair of shorts.

Now that we’ve sharpened up our dyeing skills, Tenue de Nimes has a handy reminder that all those tricks will work on canvas sneakers too. These white chucks were plunged into denim dye, resulting in the spotty blue you see here. If you want to pick up a pair, you’ll have to jet out to Amsterdam and hope you’re one of the first 50 people in line—so you may be better off with a fresh pair of sneakers and a dye bucket.

Check out Tenue de Nimes dye setup after the jump»

Our Humble Suggestion: Stop Messing With Chucks


Life’s too short to get angry. But from time to time, we see something befuddling, ridiculous or just plain wrong…and we feel compelled to offer a humble suggestion for improvement.

The picture above is the latest Converse collab, which unfortunately finds Givenchy in the middle of their leopard-print phase. It’s also quite possibly the least punk rock thing we’ve ever seen. We don’t blame Givenchy: by now, the Chuck Taylor’s been redesigned, remixed and relauched so many times, it’s lost every ounce of insurgent cred it had. It’s a shame because under the right circumstances, it’s still a pretty great shoe, but it’s losing ground with every outlandish designer collab.

So we’d like to offer the following Humble Suggestion: maybe give it a rest for a few years. Let the poor man catch his breath.



It’s one of the great ironies of modern fashion that many of the great homegrown brands like Porter release all their best gear in Japan. And, despite their move to Mexico, Converse is no exception.

Hypebeast just rounded up Converse’s ’09 collection, and we’re already considering expatriation. Except for Mr. Varvatos, the stateside models have been downright drab lately…but apparently it’s a very different story across the Pacific.