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This release is available for both men’s and women’s sizing. A majority of the reviewers recommend copping this basketball-inspired trainer a half or full-size down as Chucks models generally have more wiggle room in the toe box.
For quick putting on, the textile loop tab on the heel comes in very useful. The long shoestring that Fear of God items is known for, allows the shoe wearer to loop around the ankle and through the heel pull tab for a more secure fit.
Fear of God designer and founder Jerry Lorenzo took his own spin of the classic silhouette by incorporating his signature black and cream color scheme to this team-up.
Because of the minimalistic approach to the design, wearing a pair of this rendition of Chuck 70 will surely compliment any person’s wardrobe.
Tying the shoestring around the heel loop then pulling down the seams of any long pants to cover it provides a different twist to wearing the shoe without seeing the knots. This is especially emphasized when one wears the cream-black colorway.
Hardcore 70s Vibe
Known for extraordinary long laces in its products, FOG incorporates this to this collaboration which allows lace looping around the ankle which is a die-hard look for a Converse purist in that era. A pair of cargo shorts and basic tee completes the look.
For a women’s fashionable take, put on a pair of black leggings, a grey loose shirt, a denim jacket, and a small satchel screams urban grind.
One of the standouts for the Chuck Taylor All Star 70 x Fear of God design is the contrasting two-tone hues of black and cream. Not clearly visible is the leather tongue that has the same tone as the rubber toe cap.
Long laces that go around the ankle is another noticeable feature not found in the regular Chuck 70 Hi.
Consistent with the minimalist aesthetic is the outsole in cream color contrary to the typical brown Converse outsoles.
Converse All-star silhouette gained popularity in the late 20s after customer-turned-employee Chuck Taylor pursued to market this shoe. Complaining to Converse on a foot problem caused by using the trainer, Chuck Taylor was hired by Converse to help improve the design.
Being a basketball player himself, Chuck Taylor aggressively marketed the kicks by hosting basketball clinics around the United States while promoting the All-star shoe.
In 1932, Taylor’s signature was added to the All-Star patch and immortalized the name with the high-top silhouette in the shoe industry that we now know as the Chuck Taylor All-star.
Over the years, this timeless model underwent numerous collaborations with musicians, fashion designers, and athletes. Now with new technologies and materials available in the industry, Converse decided to release a much-improved retro of the timeless model in 2013 -- Chuck 70.
An homage to the basketball scene of the 1960s and 1970s, at first glance, CTAS 70 Hi looks like a replica of the original version. Upon closer look, there are a couple of essential differences:
- The Chuck 70 has a 12-oz weave canvas for added durability.
- Thicker canvas allows for a more dynamic fit contrary to the built-in plastic heel cap of the older All-star version.
- The midsole and toe cap finish on the retro has a glossy finish compared to the matte of the OG.
- The siding on the midsole is higher by 5mm to provide extra stability.
- Piping pinstripe around the foxing tape is a separate piece of piping seared into the midsole.
- A built-in OrthoLite insole is provided for a cushy foam footbed.
- On the tongue, the Converse All-star patching is absent in the Chuck 70 giving a plain, cleaner look.
- To identify the appropriate period credentials, a black license plate on the heel reflects the OG branding.
- The All-star 70 x Fear of God is also available in the gray/cream colorway.
- This has 3 laces in black, white and cream colors. The gray/cream release only has 2 laces -- off-white and gray.
- Left shoe bears the Essentials branding.
- Right shoe has the Converse Chuck Taylor All-star plate.
- Designed by Jerry Lorenzo - founder of Fear of God streetwear label.