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We’ve seen them go from being a humble basketball shoe to a symbol of youth and rebellion, from a wholly functional piece of sports gear to a worldwide phenomenon. There aren’t really many other styles of shoes that have had that much of an influence on youth culture than the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. Though for much of the style’s life, Converse has adopted a, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra, recent years saw some small changes being made to the design. We explored these through The Sequel, part of the Forever Chuck series. The result of these changes is the Chuck II; a more cushioned and comfortable sneaker for a new generation. Now, looking again to the future, Converse presents The Evolution; the Chuck Modern collection.

The entire Chuck Modern collection will be launched piece by piece over the next couple of months, but the styles will include the Lux, East vs West, Chuck Modern Colours, Future Canvas, Breathable, and Future Mesh.

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The first in the new line-up is the Modern Lux. Retaining the high-top silhouette that we all know and love, the Modern Lux sheds the canvas and rubber construction of the classic Chucks and instead opts for a soft leather. With a monochromatic scheme, the new sneaker looks clean, sleek, and above all, premium. They’re the Chucks you can wear when you want all that familiar comfort and ease, but you still need to dress smart.

The Modern Lux sneaker features a soft molded leather upper and contoured Phylon outsole (a responsive foam that’s used in a lot of Nike sneakers). This makes for a super lightweight and comfortable shoe.

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Though it could be really easy for Converse to rest on their laurels by sticking with only their original designs, the Chuck Modern collection shows that the brand is willing to evolve and grow. The huge impact the brand has had on youth culture for multiple generations is undeniable, but as it appears there is still a whole lot in store for the future.

Check it out at converse.com.au