This feature originally appears in Complex's August/September issue.

You can’t reinvent a classic, but add new, relevant flavor to an established icon, and you just might get a remix that is more than the sum of its parts. Why else do you think Coldcut’s rendition of “Paid in Full” goes so hard? That’s the same mind-set that went into the Chuck Taylor All Star II.

For all intents and purposes, the shape is the same as that of its 98-year-old predecessor, but the II has brand-new guts. First off, a Lunarlon interior sole makes each pair a hundred times more comfortable from the get-go. So long, breaking-in period! Converse has also added a dynamic elastic strap to the tongue for a better fit and to prevent it from slipping around, resulting in an all-around more secure shoe.

The apple may not have fallen far from the tree, but the core is definitely leaps and bounds better than Converse’s first fruit.

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Converse All Star Chuck Taylor II Sneakers, $75, available 7/28 at converse.com