A-COLD-WALL*‘s industrial leanings are constantly expounded upon in its seasonal clothing collections, with each new offering developing director Samuel Ross’ vision further. Fall/Winter 2020 stripped back much of the rugged brutalism that informed the brand’s earlier offerings, replaced by slick suiting. That readymade appeal at least partially remains, however, by way of A-COLD-WALL*’s collaborative Converse sneakers.
First seen on the Spring/Summer 2020 runway, the Converse shoes must gone back to the drawing board, as A-COLD-WALL*’s FW20 presentation included a host of new in-house silhouettes in place of collaborative kicks. These included paneled low-tops, a new Shard Lo and the Corbusier Hi. The sleek aesthetic that informs the mainline offerings is distinct from the more rugged Converse styles, which repurpose two classic silhouettes.
Although A-COLD-WALL* did issue a wildly popular Nike Air Force 1, these are the brand’s first designs for Converse. An ERX260 and Chuck Taylor have been given a thematic revision, with the former sporting suede and smooth leather in shades of understated grey. It also boasts revised lacing, embossed branding on the heel and an ankle strap — not unlike the collaborative Air Force 1.
Meanwhile, the Chuck Taylor has been elevated with ripstop uppers and futuristic translucent eyestays. Rubber ACW*-branded paneling creeps up the side of the lugged sole unit, underscoring the sneaker’s boot-like look. Tonal branding and “PRESENTED BY SAMUEL ROSS” text on the heel completes the technical trainer.
Shop A-COLD-WALL*’s two collaborative Converse sneakers when they launch on Shop Nice Kicks’ site September 1.
An wholly different silhouette informed A-COLD-WALL*’s previous collaborative shoe: the Dr. Martens 1460 boot.