Converse has linked up with Japanese designer Masafumi Watanabe to put his own twist on the classic Converse Jack Purcell Johnny. Watanabe is the founder of the influential label Bedwin and the Heartbreakers and is one of Japan’s most influential designers and an innovator of a contemporary, tailored, street-wear aesthetic. Reimagining the iconic Jack Purcell Johnny as an outdoors-inspired, water-resistant shoe, Watanabe merges its classic styling with rugged detailing commonly found on duck boots. The shoe features an orange-brown leather collar and vulcanized, monochromatic, dark-brown rubber uppers with the iconic Jack Purcell Johnny detailing embossed on the side. The familiar Jack Purcell toe-smile receives a color-corresponding accent in dark-brown rubber and a semi-transparent, gum-rubber sole rounds out the shoe’s simple, yet handsome elements. The shoe comes with a standard-lace or a boot-lace option and features the Masafumi Watanabe label on the shoe’s foot bed.
450 pairs of the Masafumi Watanabe for Converse Jack Purcell Johnny shoe will be available globally beginning on February 4, 2012 at Converse First String Retailers. All shoes will retail for a MSRP of $140 USD and will be available in unisex sizing 8 – 13.
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