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Number (N)ine x Converse

Off-kilter lacing and exotic skins in a cult Japanese brand's final sneaker collaboration

by Josh Rubin in Style on 11 March 2010

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As a farewell to esteemed Tokyo brand Number (N)ine, Converse recently teamed up with the now defunct label for a final covetable collaboration.

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The resulting asymmetrical Chuck Taylor All Star and One Star oxford-styled sneakers make a fitting end for Number (N)ine, as designer Takahiro Miyashita explains, "My childhood started with Converse."

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Takahiro tweaked the classic Converse models with an askew lace-up, a nod to the innovative 1970 Converse Odessa (a more recent version is pictured below left). Made of premium deer skin, the shag suede upper's uneven texture lends a spackle-paint texture for a modern Boho feel.

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While saying goodbye is always hard, as Takahiro eloquently states “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished”—the Converse collaboration seems a silver lining to that cloud.

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The shoes drop in select stores around the world beginning 13 March 2010, including 10 Corso Como, Colette, Dover Street Market, Wood Wood, Aloha Rag, and more, for $140 a pair.

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