It’s been a bad year for winter footwear. Usually, we get the chance to leave our comfort zones and try out some more rugged styles when the weather worsens, but seeing as we spent most of our winters locked inside, we kind of skipped that phase. To the dismay of many, and the joy of more, though, we’re moving steadily towards the bright lights of summer sneakers and we’ve got our minds set on the all-time great: there is no summer shoe like the Converse Chuck Taylor 70.
Introduced in 2013, the Chuck Taylor 70 takes after the All Star styles of the late ‘60s and ‘70s which populated basketball courts. It landed as a welcome distraction from the ubiquitous classic All Star with a handful of subtle alterations. A higher midsole combines with thicker canvas for a more durable take on the lightweight sneaker while a smaller toe cap, reinforced sections, and one-piece sole unit round out the variations.
The Converse Chuck Taylor 70 quickly became the favored silhouette for exclusive drops and collaborations alike thanks to its higher quality. But, alongside these limited drops, the 70 also makes the ideal summer staple in its most basic forms. So, in honor of a veritable summer essential, here are our favorite Converse Chuck Taylor 70s for summer.
Keep scrolling for the Chuck Taylor 70 you’ll wear this summer.
Paint splatters always get us going. There’s something about the simplicity of the detail, but the power it has to completely transform a shoe. This low-top version of the 70 is the perfect vessel.
Virgil’s inimitable diagonal stripes characterize this pair of white 70s and they’re a hard one to miss. Orange hits to the outsole and cable tie offer a bright, summertime finish.
Using dye extracted from actual grapes, onions, and other plant-based materials, the Chuck Taylor 70 Plant Color proves that the 70 still has room to develop and that excites us.
Made in collaboration with Bandulu, this Chuck Taylor takes paint splatters to the next level with beautiful embroidery against the neutral backdrop. The color palette gets top marks with pastel pink touches to the laces and outsole.
The Great Outdoors
Recycled laces and a Regrind sole unit speak to the eco-friendly side of the Great Outdoors iteration of the 70. The upper, which combines canvas and durable ripstop layers, takes inspiration from rolling landscapes and this tonal blue pair makes the most of the undulating aesthetic.
We already told you that the 70 is the ultimate summer shoe, but in case you didn’t get it, here’s a Hawaiian shirt in Chuck Taylor form. No, not just designed to look like a Hawaiian shirt, Converse partnered with Beyond Retro to source second-hand shirts for the uppers. That means each pair is unique.
We promise this is the last bit of paint splatter. We couldn’t resist the blue drops against the classic Ecru canvas of the Chuck Taylor.
Tie-dye is in, haven’t you heard? Converse has, and the good people at Converse know how much we love a bit of tie-dye in the sunshine so they rightfully named this pair Summer Daze.
Japan is great for many reasons, but one reason is their denim and another is their willingness to mend clothing rather than buy new clothing. The act of mending denim is called Boro in Japanese, and this pair of 70s honors the tradition in style.
When there’s so much on offer in the world of the Chuck Taylor 70, it sometimes feels best to just opt for something simple. This Wolf Grey pair of Lows should do the trick.
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