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Today, Converse revealed the DRKSHDW TURBOWPN, which is Owens’ take on the Converse Weapon basketball shoe that debuted in 1986. While the majority of the upper stays true to its original form with a premium leather construction, it now features an elongated tongue similar to the TURBODRK Chuck 70s—a signature look for Owens’ own work. There’s also heavy tweaking to the tooling as seen with the platform midsole that’s nearly doubled in height compared to its predecessor.
“When I discovered how powerful just oversizing something a little bit was, which I’ve done with a lot of my clothes, that became one of my tools,” Owens said.
He added, “I never had any connection to sports and throughout my youth, I felt very excluded and rejected from that world. I looked at sports shoes and I thought, how could I corrupt them? How could I distort them and corrupt them so that they could be part of my world?”