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Friday, July 24, 2015

About The Chuck Taylor All Star II

Have you heard about the Chuck II from converse?  The Chuck Taylor All Star II features arch support, padded tongues and even more updates with comfort in mind.  
Chuck Taylor All Star II

The Chuck Taylor All Star II sneakers are arriving to stores on July 28, 2015. The shoe has the similar appearance as it's predecessor but it does have a few improvements in regard to comfort.  The sneaker features Nike's Lunarlon cushion with arch support, a padded tongue (padded non-slip tongue for 360 degree comfort around the ankle and instep), and a higher quality canvas. The premium canvas used for the Chuck II sneaker is for a high quality touch and texture. Possibly a few other improvements tossed into the mix as well.

It appears that the goal is to keep the converse look, but infuse it with Nike technology.  Keep in mind, Nike owns Converse.

For those of you that love your original Chuck Taylor's don't panic just yet.  We are fairly certain that they will be selling the original Chuck as well as the Chuck II's (at least for now).

Converse Chuck II
Photo Credit: Converse

The Chuck Taylor was never gone, so it really can't technically be coming back, but they sure can be improving.
The Chuck Taylor All Star II Back View
By the way, Converse had a pre-sale with limited edition Chuck II sneakers. The tease read like this, "The Limited Edition and collectible Chuck Taylor All Star II sneakers are now on pre-sale. Each pair is individually numbered and delivered in exclusive, Limited Edition packaging. Order now before they’re gone. Limit one pair per order.".  Guess what?  Yup, they appear to already be sold out.

If you happen to get a pair of The Chuck Taylor All Star II limited edition 2015 sneakers, the inside tongue of the shoe will look like this.
The Chuck Taylor All Star II Limited Edition

It all started with a simple idea: obsession. Converse obsessed with creative spirits and realized they wanted more. A sneaker that meets the demands of their “on the go” lifestyle. The following image showcases what makes the Chuck Taylor All Star II different than any Chuck Taylor you have ever seen before.
Lunarlon Sockliner for Chuck II

The Nike Lunarlon Sockliner provides responsive and lightweight cushioning.

Lunarlon technology debuted in two new shoes in time for the summer of 2008 in Beijing, the Nike Lunaracer for the marathon and Nike Hyperdunk for basketball. Athletes of all levels loved the way Lunarlon minimized impact while providing both spring and support.  In 2008 the Nike LunarGlide debuted with Dynamic Support, a two-part midsole system developed to provide stability and cushioning. Lunarlon was the perfect soft density foam to cushion runners’ heel impact, while a firmer density foam wedge helped stabilize pronation as the foot flexed down.

Nike designers Kevin Hoffer and Eric Avar put their heads together to confront a challenge. Marathon runners typically take around 40,000 steps from start to finish – they needed a shoe to withstand the relentless impact and to put a spring in their stride. Meanwhile, elite basketball players needed a shoe to cushion their high-impact jumping and provide quick push-off for explosive changes of direction.  Now lovers of Chuck Taylor sneakers can take advantage of this comfort and performance.  Learn more about the Lunarlon Sockliner at the Nike website.

The new shoes also have a super soft micro-suede lining.  The are perforated for maximized comfort.  Here is what it looks like.
Chuck II super soft micro-suede lining

I wonder if the Simpson's Chuck Taylor collection will get an upgrade as well.

Let's take a few moments to step inside the new sneaker.
Inside Chuck Taylor All Star II
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