Converse is referred to as “America’s Original Sports Company,” and for good reason. Founded in 1908, the brand has over 100 years of heritage that extends well beyond the lineage of the legendary Chuck Taylor All Star and the recently introduced Chuck II. Despite the All Star having a long, triumphant run as the go-to premier basketball sneaker, change was necessary for Converse in order to maintain greatness. Enter the Converse Pro Leather.
Originally launched in 1976, the Converse Pro Leather was leaps and bounds ahead of any other sneaker the brand released prior to it. Straying away from the canvas upper and rubber toe of the All Star, the Pro Leather featured—you guessed it—an entirely leather upper for a more comfortable and durable sneaker. An updated rubber outsole made gripping the hardwood easier, while still maintaining a low profile for speed and agility. To top off the performance-based alterations, a new star chevron logo was incorporated. The Converse Pro Leather quickly became the marquee basketball sneaker of its time, and was worn by a number of future NBA Hall of Famers.
Today, the Converse Pro Leather isn’t all about dominating on the court—it’s about style. Just as the Chuck Taylor All Star made its transition from the court to the streets, the Pro Leather is now doing the same. In celebration of 40 years since the initial release, Converse is reintroducing the silhouette with the Pro Leather ’76. Built on the iconic original, the ’76 boasts a number of updates, including a sleeker, more contemporary shape.
With sneakers being a quintessential part of any urbanite’s wardrobe, the Pro Leather ‘76 “Monochromatic” Pack offers an effortless sense of style that everyone will respect. Available in black and white colorways in Ox (low-top) and mid, these sneakers are clean and simple, yet bold enough to rock on a daily basis.
The Pro Leather ’76 is available at Foot Locker and on converse.com ($75 high /$70 low).
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