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Converse Celebrates Japanese Culture with Suminagashi Release

Chuck Taylor is heading East for a bit of inspiration in latest limited-edition All Star pack by Converse.

Inspired by the Japanese painting technique known as Suminagashi (“ink-floating”), the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Suminagashi celebrates the particular appropriation of these patterns in late 1960s and 1970s psychedelic clothing and performance art.

The shoe’s swirling marble-patterned uppers—one red, one black—are overlaid with rubberized polka dots, which were also prevalent in the era. The silhouette is finished by aged-gloss midsoles and toecaps, and playful polka dot outsoles.

The Converse All Star Chuck ’70 Suminagashi sneaker releases July 1 in limited quantities at Converse stores and online, as well as select First String retailers worldwide.