I am a big fan of the Converse Chuck 70s. Think of it as the Nike Dunk SB. It builds on the regular iconic Chuck Taylors but with padding! If a shoe can give you style and comfort, it’s a winner in my book. Being able to go about your day and task while looking flee at the same time is a sublime feeling.
Offspring is a British footwear company that is for the sneaker enthusiast by the sneaker enthusiast. They are very fair with their raffle systems online allowing users to cop at a good chance for retail. One just needs to be doing their due diligence. This had to be the first shoe appreciation post for the Chuck 70 and what better way to do it than by showcasing their collab through the low and high with Converse Chuck 70. If you were able to pick up the shoes during the launch in the UK you were treated with a tote bag, a Wing Stop voucher, and custom patch logos you can attach to the highs. There were four of them, which can be found in Samuel Sagua’s pick-up vlog post that shows you in detail about the event.
Since I live on US soil, it’s a bit tougher to obtain my hands on a pair. I missed out on the initial launch of these on August 10th, 2019 however I was able to buy them in the fall of 2019. I had to source them from two different sellers. The lows I was able to obtain from a seller in California through eBay and the highs from a seller from the UK. The seller from the UK was kind enough to ship the package in the Offspring packaging. I thought this was a neat easter egg and did not expect it. I could not be there physically but it was one step closer to having the experience thousands of miles away.
Getting to the shoe, it was a no-brainer for me to cop when I first saw photos. Anything with a gum or “aged” sole from the factory, I tend to have a soft spot for shoes that have a distressed look and certain footwear needs to be kept tidy. I love a pair of dirty white trainers while at the same time I would never wear dirty white uptowns. The beauty in this shoe is the subtleness and simplicity they offered with the high and low. The two differences only being the form factor and colorway. They set off both shoes with the aged gum look because of the rubber soles. On a personal level, I wish more footwear companies did this with shoes but it seems to be only done for special models.
The Converse shoebox from the factory is in red. The Offspring logo is bold with the community member below it. Both shoes have a rubber translucent sole with lightning bolts on the side. These are very durable and I am confident they will last a long time even with heavy use just by the thickness and quality. There is a circular outline at the top loop on both versions. The laces say Converse with lightning bolts continuing the theme throughout the shoe along with community member.
Later this fall Offspring will debut the flip of the original pack having the black lows as the highs now and the light khakis are now lows. If you are looking to cop these at the second go around you can go through a third-party seller or wait for the second version of the release.