One thing devoted fans of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers appreciate is consistency. Aside from a slight redesign for 2015’s Chuck II model, the shoes have remained largely unchanged since their debut in 1917. And while purists may not want even the tiniest tweak, this one will prevent a lot of soggy feet.
The company has announced a partnership with waterproofing fabric GORE-TEX and Italian design firm Slam Jam to create a line of water-resistant apparel and footwear, including Chucks reinforced with GORE-TEX sheathing to prevent slush from creeping into the seams. Dubbed “Hikers,” they retail for $150 and will be available in classic black or olive green beginning December 5.
The shoes are part of the Converse Urban Utility line, which also features designs from artist Cali Thornhill Dewitt and includes a Utility Jacket and the Converse Jump Boot, which the company says is a homage to paratrooper-style military footwear.
While Chuck Taylor fans might be worried about messing with a good thing, the Hikers are actually pretty faithful to the company’s origins. When Converse opened in 1908, they made winterized rubber boots.