Although Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory album has been out since last summer, Converse celebrates the release with its first collaborative drop with the rapper.
For the rapper, the colloboration was perfect, being that he grew up with the influence of west coast culture and wearing Converse Chuck Taylors. He bought his first pair to go with his school uniform at a swap meet.
“If you’re not really paying that much attention, you won’t know the difference. But [the Chuck] is something that a lot of people use to be able to assimilate into any room they’re going into — every type of person,” says Staples.
The collection consists of the Converse Chuck 70 in high- and low-top, as well as an Essentials pullover hoodie.
Staples chose to apply his album’s motifs to the capsule. The collection’s key colorway, orange, is a nod to the goldfish on his album cover. The bright color contrasts the darker tones in the drop, making for highly visible gear. Both the Hi and Ox Chuck 70s sport an aquarium sockliner, Big Fish Theory graphic outsole and “Vince Staples” embroidered on the medial collar. The Chuck 70 Hi boasts a “Big Fish” screen print in orange that stands out against the sneaker’s black tongue.
Another design element seen throughout the collection is the “SEA” graphic, a tribute to Staples’ signature brand and Beats 1 podcast, Section Eight Arthouse Broadcast System. The “SEA” of the Chuck 70s is 3D printed onto the heel with the “A” placed to cross with the heel stay and transfer onto the foxing tape. On the Essentials hoodie, the “SEA” graphic is centered on the back, making a bold statement against the 360 Legacy French Terry.
The Converse x Vince Staples collection is available now online and at select retailers.