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Converse S/S 2012 Preview: Do Ya Thang + A Chuck Taylor Manicure

Hey yo, shoefans.

Last night, I saw the future (sort of):

See that? Future. The very near future of footwear departments at select retail stores within Canada, that is… which still counts as the future in my blogpinion. (Hey – if scientists can reccommend that Justin Bieber be sent into space, bloggers can write authoritatively about future. This is fact.)

I actually hit the Converse Spring/Summer 2012 Press Preview Monday night at the Hotel Le germain in Toronto, is what happened, and LOOK! I got my fingernails turned into bebe shoes:

Photo via Micki

Er… more importantly, I got a chance to see some of the new kicks Converse will be rolling out for Canadians next season. Trust me — it is good.

"Model for me, Seany!"

I was immediately drawn to a table filled with shoes from the much-hypedConverse x Gorillaz Chuck Taylor collection (which launches in Canada this month):

Converse x Gorillaz and Converse x Marimekko

Have you heard that new Gorillaz ft. Andre 3000 and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) track yet? I’ve been loving on it for a week and had no idea until just now that it’s actually part of Converse’s huge “3 artists, 1 song” project.

Small freaking culture. Or it is? Smaaaart campaign. I’m impressed by it on so many levels. Those illustrations alone, jeez… Not to mention the video (!):

This is getting a lot of hype right now for all the right reasons. Dope song, wicked animation and, as many have taken note, Andre just slayyyys it with his verse. So fast. (Don’t get excited though, kidlets – this does not signal the return of Outkast, apparently. Whatever.)

Back to the shoes though, because the shoooooes the shoes! Good luck trying to have a meaningful conversation with me in a room like that. My eyes dart back and forth from shoe to shoe, bags to shades, posters to people, people to other people — their clothes and cameras, mostly…

I take a photo of Marcus Troy taking a photo of Jay Strut taking a photo of some Chuck Taylors. Ooooh photo chain. I hope there was a security camera or something on me. Probably not.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the Converse Spring and Summer 2012 collections:

The Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty is a slightly more feminine version of the classic low-top. Wardrobe staple. I’m loving them in the summer materials – especially “Strawberry Pink”:

The ChuckIT Lady CVO: Lightweight slip-on Chucks with a nautical twist. If I ever make it out to the Yacht club, you’d best believe I’ll be wearing something like this. All the better to speed away from snooty guards when they catch me hopping the Yacht Club’s fence! “Get out of here, you vagrant city rat! Shoo! Well, I never! Myaw!”

The Chuck Taylor All Star Coast: The kicks are collapsible, meaning that they’ll fit into a suitcase just as well as your flip flops, and with a mesh upper they’re nearly as breathable too. Sold.

I’d be remiss not to include the Chuck Taylor All Star in this mix since I’ve owned more pairs of Chucks than any other single shoe style in my entire life (with the exception of those foamy almost-disposable beach flip flops from Old Navy. I go through like, 20 pairs a season legit).

Here are some of SS 2012′s seasonal colours — I’m loving on the purple (Irish Orchid) and the green (Green). And the creamsicle (Nectarine). Frig, I want them all. That dazzling blue, too.

Big ups to the fly lay-days from Wow Wow Nails for turning my fingernails into little kickers! I’ve been showing these off all day.

I’m off to get my hurrs did right now – at the Academy, because I’m too frugal for those fancy schmancy “$150 but you get a free teaaaaaa” salons right now. Saving up for a big, big trip! Gots to be smart.

Fingers crossed I don’t end up looking like this:

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Converse x Mario = GOOMBA CHUCKS + Today in Blogworthiness

Don’t even try to act like you wouldn’t spend ¥16,312.11 for these suckers when they drop on Japanese Ebay in a few months.

Seriously, please don’t act that way. It reminds me of the frivolous spender I pretend not to be around people who are supposed to think I have some sort of self control or something. So let’s all for the sake of my conscience agree that these shoes are worth every penny we will all eventually spend on them:

I’m not really feeling the whole Nostalgiaporn thing anymore lately, but these are clever as heck. I mean, dude…


I don’t have to feel like a douche for buying these because, unlike the majority of hipsters who I assume will be rocking them, I’ve actually beaten that game several times and won’t be trying to smell my feet every time somebody points out the Bowser on my shoes.

The pairs above are slated to be released in August, but just today another two of the four limited edition MARIOCHUCKSISSES came available for preorder in the US (snatch ‘em up here if you can!).

As much as I’d love to order those right meow, I’m not based in the US… And also, the other sets are way cooler.

I’m frivilous, but not frivilous enough to get a pair of shoes I’m “meh” over just because they’ve got a sick box (Hehehe, STDs) and an invincibility star on the back.


I’d like to say I pimped my Facebook profile last in honour of these sneaks, but it was kind of a happy coincidence. I’ve been working on some new branding materials and I re-stumbled upon this photo from Paris yesterday and … well, the rest is l’histoire.

In other bits of blogworthiness, here are 29 ways to stay creative. This video (by TO-FU based on Paul Zi’s list is one of the best and most important things you’ll see today, I guarantee it:

Also awesome (and coincidentally quite relevant to a blog post I published two days ago) = An artist’s statement, translated into plain English:


You know what’s not blogworthy? A lot of things. Maybe I’ll write more about this when I have the time and the freedom to snark out properly (emancipation imminent). Until then, my PR / Marketing friends can read this post by Casie and know that I feel exactly the same way. Zipping my mouth now because, unlike Casie, I don’t have the tact to keep things polite when it comes to this topic.

(I’m the dude.)

BYEBYE LOVE YOU GOTTA GO! Lifeliness awaits. Maybe I will see the new X-Men tonight with my boyfriend like a normal girl. I’d like that very much… in theory.

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