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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.

Wellingtons Redone, Beer And Babes, And Team USA's Tragic Flaw


Rubberized Chucks: John Varvatos has gone rainboot on us with his newest Converse. [Refinery 29]

Frat Boy Crushed: Tucker Max, infamous misogamist and blogger, somehow lands movie deal; critics have proceeded to trash the script and the man. [Gawker]

Bespoke Brogues: These understated leather classics will leave you wondering why you didn't know about them earlier in the summer. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Ballin’ Status: Young USA basketballers may have gotten into some scandalous massage-related trouble. Looks like Kobe may be buying another huge diamond ring. [NY Mag]

Estex Bags: This old saddle maker has transferred its prowess as a producer of fine goods into canvas bags. [A Continuous Lean]

The Chronicles of Avery Come to An End... For Now


No Irons Required: Structured Garment's wrinkly spring collection. [A Continuous Lean]

Up Chuck: A look ahead at Converse by John Varvatos' fall collection. [The Pipeline]

Cool As Ice: Metrosexual hockey bruiser has a special way of saying, "I like you." Very special. [Gawker]

The Averyator 5000: This interview with Avery ain't real, but it's all true. Don't cockblock the dream, bro! [Rangerland]

Final Period: And on that note, Hurricane Avery bids a fond "peace the f*ck out" to New York. [Newsday]

The Encyclopedia Douchettica: We don't have to miss Avery that much, as long as we pick up Hot Girls With Douchebags.[Radar ]

Ana vs. Shia, Dude Pants, and Bureau Shuts its Doors


International Trade Imbalance: Italian GQ gets Ana Beatriz Barros and we get frigging Shia LaBeouf. There is no justice in this world. [Horny Oyster]

One Leg at a Time: There was a time in history when a simple pair of pants could make any guy into a full-fledged "dude". [Animal]

Man of the Evening: How to dress like a gigolo. Use this information carefully. [Style Salvage]

The Class of 2008: The Westminster Graduate show displays the deft designers and crazy creators of tomorrow. [Brandish]

Well That Was Fast: Just as we were getting into Bureau, they slam the doors in our face. Seriously, we'll miss you guys. [DNRNews]

You Don't Look a Day Over 95: An enlightening tour of the Converse Century. [Hypebeast]

Behind the Chucks, Floral Details and Skills to Pay the Bills


Petal Pushers: Yes, we admit it, we love flowers, but there's a limit, people. [NYMag]

The Razor's Edge: Men's Vogue takes on the razor blade arms race. [Men's Vogue]

Con Job: Sit down with Converse's creative director. [Coolhunting]

The 75 Skills Every Man Should Master: We're solid with about 58 of these. [Esquire]

Bowery Mission: Rogan Gregory opens a new store on the Bowery, serves the local cocktail. [Refinery29]

In a Huf: A skate-punk brand grows up. [Coolhunting]

Silver Foxes: Black, grey, whatever - as long as our hair stays on our heads, we're good. [NYTimes]

Porn and Politics: The Italian Parliament is starting to look more and more like a strip club. [Radar]

Oh, and remember to call your mother on Sunday. There's nothing wrong with a ladies' man admitting that he's also a momma's boy.

Cons, Sweatshops, DJs and Muskoxes


Chuck Rock: The collision of Converse and gabba-gabba-hey. [The Guardian]

Labor Pains: That BR sweater you're wearing for casual Friday might have blood on it. [One World]

Along Came a Spider: We knew a kid in High School who drove an Alfa Romeo, which was so cool because it was as sexy as a Porsche but cost less than our used Saab SE. We don't know what to think about this new one. [Luxist]

Deal Alert: Suit up for your next expedition at Freeman's Sporting Club and then stop in for a cut and shave. Tell Van we sent you. [Racked]

Hairy Beast: Arctic Muskox is the new hotness, dontcha know. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Outside The Lines: Martin Greenfield shares his craft with Band of Outsiders. [Men.Style]

Screen Shots: DJ/Designer Matt Creed professes his love for Gawker - meaning it's only mere moments before they sully his good name. []