As the Converse Chuck 70 ascension continues to soar far beyond perceived expectations, more collaborative releases that aided in the vintage style’s cultural vindication serve as the base layer for its staying power.
Los Angeles based creative collective, Brain Dead, a post-punk skate centric label whose aesthetic is anchored by designer Kyle Ng, reimagines the classic silhouette with a lush assortment of prints that intrigue through a quasi “What The” theme.
Starting with the foundational sneaker mold in canvas construction, a juxtaposition of imposing zebra and duck camouflage prints adorn the lateral and medial paneling. Although the boisterous design doesn’t seem to care much about simplicity, it does have its refined moments. One paneled portion comes in a medium navy hue with white stars sprinkled throughout. The tongue, too, also highlights a navy tone matched with white polka dots in a representation of classic Chuck Taylor designs.
Classically wrapped in its slightly off-white rubber midsole, Brain Dead adds another layer of distinction seen through “To See And Be Seen As Far As The Eye Can See,” “Who Controls The Control Men,” and “The Same Elsewhere” verbiage circling the high-top. The brand’s very humanistic logo appears both at the ankle collar and insole.
Look for the Brain Dead x Converse Chuck 70 this Friday, October 26, at select retailers including Sneakersnsutff.