Despite a retro aesthetic that harkens back to running shoes of the ’70s and ’80s, Converse‘s recently released Auckland Modern is entirely present day. A previous iteration of the shoe’s silhouette debuted back in 1984 for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, but this new version is more than just a visual upgrade. There are a few predominant features that warrant attention here. First, the lightweight split-knit upper definitely offers a snug fit. The Phylon outsole also continues down the lightweight path while managing to offer substantial cushioning. And the sole’s flex grooves grant stretch to each step. It’s all united by a Nike Hyperfuse construction—which hot melts material layers for durability. Altogether, comfort has been taken into account and the technology here is advanced.
So is this a running shoe or a lifestyle sneaker? After testing, it’s become evident that these limited edition shoes are for recreational running—they were built for it and can take a beating.
Converse’s Auckland Modern are available online for $110. They’re available in Black/Soar, Black/White, Black/Lucid Green, Black/Action Red and Black/Dark Gray colorways
Images by David Graver