John Elliott Partners With Converse For An Elevated Twist On A Classic
The century-old Skidgrip silhouette is reimagined with earthy, textured finishes in organic patterns.
The Converse Skidgrip silhouette debuted as a tennis and basketball sneaker back in 1910. As the “no-slip sole” continued to evolve, it was renamed Skidgrip in the early 1960s. Having been recrafted several times over its 110-year history it’s not done yet.
The shoe is getting a tactile revamp with the help of elevated streetwear specialist, John Elliott.
As a quintessential part of California’s laidback yet outdoorsy vibes, these shoes shaped the designer’s upbringing.”I discovered the Skidgrip like any kid in California through skating early in my childhood. It’s a silhouette that’s iconic to our surf and skate culture. As a skate shoe, it was instantly recognizable for the authenticity it held. The Skidgrip is an important shoe in culture for skate and in representing California,” said Elliott.
Channelling his own childhood nostalgia and affinity for Calif surf and skate culture, Elliott’s take on the classic silhouette has a focus on the natural progress of growth and decay.
Through his one-of-a-kind textile approaches, particularly his use of organic patterns, Elliott imitates imperfections with a flocked canvas that contrasts aged patina from oxidization. The textures and patterns employed by Elliott gives the shoes a rusted and cool feel.
Available in two tones, textured green lichen and rust, the colors flow across the upper of the shoe in earthy and natural patterns, adding unexpected vibrance to the markedly clean silhouette.
The Converse x John Elliott Skidgrip is designed with unique and eye-catching details in mind.
With nickel lace eyelets, a signature smooth midsole, herringbone outsole, co-branded sockliner and a second set of pop-color laces, this col0rful classic is anything but dated.