sneaker envy and nostalgia
converse is making some celebratory 100th anniversary footwear, including these gorgeous black sabbath vol. 4 chuck taylors.
i don't usually go in for such cultural crossover products -- the doors variant strikes me as lame and the cobains as plain pathetic. the dead sneaks are better-executed, i suppose, but this volume 4 design is simply inspired. the fat seventies lettering, the clean white and yellow on no-frills black chucks, and the ozzy iconography all summon the sabs at the height of their powers.
or maybe these aren't cool at all and i'm just nostalgic for the thick vinyl slab of thuddery that was vol. 4. for me, the shoes call to mind images of turntables, power chords, old friends, and young bands. esperanza wears converse to school on occasion, so i might check in with her for a nostalgia-free ruling on stylishness.
cool or not, i can probably use this image in my delinquency lectures. until now, i never really understood why kids would fight over air jordans. but man, i would've killed for these in junior high. i'll take mine in size 10, please.