Placing a twist on an iconic style without messing with its supremely classic appeal, Converse upgrades the Chuck Taylor by wrapping the high tops in ultra-rich leather. The Chuck Taylor Premiums get a subtle but significant boost with the addition of skin, which extends from the All Star branding tag on the heel to the toe cap. Also available in black, we were particularly drawn to the minimalist white-on-white version.
The leather looks buttery soft but with a slightly rumpled, pebbled finish—and a contrasting brown patch on the inside ankle—it doesn’t betray the sneaker’s ultimately casual calling. Loyal Chuck wearers will certainly appreciate the spruced-up street look whether they’re going for something edgier or more sophisticated—the Premiums seem to accomplish both.
The Chuck Taylor Premium is available at select Converse retailers like Kith for $125.