Converse Counter Climate: Battling Time, Battling Weather

The first and the only Converse that I have is a green and black hand-me-down Chucks from my cousin. Given that I stopped growing at 15 years old, the good ‘ol Chucks is still with me. It has transformed into its coveted “worn-out” look and is still in good shape. For more than a hundred years, Converse has proven that the old school look can go ahead of its time, even surpassing what the Converse lovers expect from their beloved brand.

Converse Shop at the Second Floor of Robinson's Iloilo
Converse Shop at the Second Floor of Robinson’s Iloilo

The Iloilo Bloggers were invited to an intimate media session with Converse PH’s Marketing PR Officer Jeff Osoc. We were amused as we traveled down the memory lane and tackled the brand’s interesting history. I’d have to say that I was amazed with how Converse has stuck onto its classic and timeless looks but has managed to incorporate modern features that are apt for different lifestyles.

I’d only look at Converse as one back then. If not for that intimate media session, I’d never know that it has three other segments. A solid brand surely knows that even minute details matter.

From the court to the streets; from rubber to sneakers and boots, from the athletes to the masses. Without a doubt, Converse is the head honcho. It is the original, the heaviest hitter in the sneaker game. It is the sneaker of choice for all individuals – the thinkers, the rapper, artist, rebel, skater, and jetsetters. Although its different brand segments have their own target markets, it is interesting to note that they are all essentially alike. Minor tweaks that make huge differences all to cater to various interests and lifestyles. I think that is just pure genius.

If the Cons are for the skaters and the Chucks are for the freethinkers, I’d say the perfect match for me is the Jack Purcell. Plain, white, and with a smiley on the front – perfect for a hopeful and struggling yuppie.

Converse Counter Climate: Battling Time, Battling Weather

Mostly in canvas shield, Converse lovers usually complain that they cannot wear their sneakers during rainy weather. It’s hard to be up against nature, but Converse has amazingly come up with its Counter Climate Footwear Collection to be launched this Fall of 2016. Both new and time-honored styles have been improved to withstand climate shifts and developed with weather-beating benefits.

Chuck II Shield Canvas
Designed for the Chuck Taylor lover who can’t give up their Chucks no matter what the weather, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneaker combines the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner, non-slip padded tongue and micro-suede lining with materials that can also withstand most climate challenges. Converse has added a water repellent Shield Canvas and a gusseted tongue, as well as removing the medial eyelets to make a durable sneaker that is ready for wet and rainy adventures. The sneakers also feature reflective heel webbing and barrel laces for added visibility in low light environments. Available colors: Black/Volt, Black/Reflective, White/Lava, Black Suggested retail price: Php 4,550
Chuck II Rubber Obisian
Chuck II Rubber Obisian
Chuck II Shield Canvas
Chuck II Shield Canvas
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber Another iteration of the Chuck II will also be releasing this fall - the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber. By incorporating a transparent rubber overlay on the iconic Chuck II silhouette, this allows for the sneaker to breathe while repelling water and protecting feet from the elements. The sneaker includes all the features and benefits of the Chuck II such as a Lunarlon sockliner and a non-slip padded tongue, while adding a beautifully crafted dimensional canvas for breathability, micro-perforated leather lining for comfort, and a heat reflecting barrier at the footbed for warmth. Available Colors: Suggested retail price: Php 5,430
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber
Another iteration of the Chuck II will also be releasing this fall – the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber. By incorporating a transparent rubber overlay on the iconic Chuck II silhouette, this allows for the sneaker to breathe while repelling water and protecting feet from the elements. The sneaker includes all the features and benefits of the Chuck II such as a Lunarlon sockliner and a non-slip padded tongue, while adding a beautifully crafted dimensional canvas for breathability, micro-perforated leather lining for comfort, and a heat reflecting barrier at the footbed for warmth.
Available Colors:
Suggested retail price: Php 5,430
Chuck II Rubber Obisian
Chuck II Rubber Obisian
Converse Cons One Star Shield Canvas This season, the Converse Cons Star also receives the Shield Canvas treatment, combining the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner with a lightweight and breathable canvas that can also withstand the rain. Added features include a gusseted tongue and removed medial eyelets allowing the sneaker to tolerate wet environments. Traction rubber has also been incorporated to the outsole, providing additional grip. Available colors: Black, White, Obsidian Suggested retail price: Php 4,250
Converse Cons One Star Shield Canvas
This season, the Converse Cons Star also receives the Shield Canvas treatment, combining the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner with a lightweight and breathable canvas that can also withstand the rain. Added features include a gusseted tongue and removed medial eyelets allowing the sneaker to tolerate wet environments. Traction rubber has also been incorporated to the outsole, providing additional grip.
Available colors: Black, White, Obsidian
Suggested retail price: Php 4,250
Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light. Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black Suggested retail price: Php 5,430
Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series
This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light.
Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black
Suggested retail price: Php 5,430
Jack Purcell Signature Twill Shield Natural
Converse Jack Purcell Signature Twill Shield Canvas The Converse Jack Purcell Signature collection introduces a thicker Shield Canvas with a water repellent finish, and a tri-color reflective heel stay. A mesh lining backing the shield canvas regulates temperatures across a range of climates while still keeping the sneaker breathable. Reflective laces add flare while a gusseted tongue construction will prevent water from seeping into the dual pod Nike Zoom Air insole technology. Available colors: Inked, Natural Suggested retail price: Php 5,590
Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light. Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black Suggested retail price: Php 5,430
Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series
This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light.
Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black
Suggested retail price: Php 5,430
Converse Essentials The collection features quality and durable everyday basics for your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Constructed for comfort and fit, the Converse Essentials collection will get softer with time. Each piece includes a natural color fade of fabric with long-term wear, durable stitching, and a managed shrinkage fit that remains the same throughout the lifespan. The collection includes the Converse Essentials Tee, Converse Essentials Pullover Hoodie, Converse Essentials Full Zip Hoodie and Converse Essentials Jogger. Available Colors: Black. Grey, Obsidian, Egret Suggested retail price: Ranges from Php 899.75 to Php 3,339.75
Converse Essentials
The collection features quality and durable everyday basics for your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Constructed for comfort and fit, the Converse Essentials collection will get softer with time. Each piece includes a natural color fade of fabric with long-term wear, durable stitching, and a managed shrinkage fit that remains the same throughout the lifespan. The collection includes the Converse Essentials Tee, Converse Essentials Pullover Hoodie, Converse Essentials Full Zip Hoodie and Converse Essentials Jogger.
Available Colors: Black. Grey, Obsidian, Egret
Suggested retail price: Ranges from Php 899.75 to Php 3,339.75

All these pieces and more of the brand’s products are available at the Converse Store, Robinson’s Place Iloilo.

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Sir Jeff’s interactive and amusing discussion

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Yup, it's true. It's water-resistant!
Yup, it’s true. It’s water-resistant!

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That intimate media session just told me that a pair of Converse sneakers should be included on my list of must-haves. So when the budget permits, I’d have to get a pair of Jack Purcell. Borrowing a quote from the brand, “If you’re wearing Converse, you know who you are.” As timeless as it is, I know that I’ll be good with my hand-me-down Chucks and a pair of Jack Purcell probably for a lifetime. 😉

Converse Store Iloilo is at the
Second Floor, Robinson’s Place Iloilo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConversePhilippines
Website: www.converse.com.ph

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