This year, Converse celebrates its hundredth anniversary -- and it's launching the Century footwear collection to commemorate the occasion. There is plenty to celebrate, too, since Converse shoes have been a staple in the wardrobes of fashion icons from James Dean to Kurt Cobain.
Converse first appeared on my style radar in high school, when its Chuck Taylor All Stars made the perfect complement to my Manic Panic dyed purple hair. The Ramones rocked them famously with their leather coats and ripped jeans, and I did the same.
When I was seventeen I saw Jawbreaker perform, and in addition to being blown away by the live show, I had a very defining fashion moment when I noticed that frontman Blake Schwarzenbach was rocking a pair of black Converse One Stars. They became my favorite footwear fashion statement throughout college.
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Sadly, right after I left school Converse filed for bankruptcy. After it was sold to Nike a couple of years later, One Stars become impossible to find.
But now it looks like the company is ready to make amends for these style transgressions, since the new line of Converse 1HUND(RED) features the work of a hundred artists who have been individually commissioned to customize a classic Converse style. A percentage of the sales from these shoes will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
Sounds like a very adult way to enjoy wearing the shoes of my youth.
To view the new styles, visit www.converse.com. -- Aubrey Shoe