The late Kurt Cobain was often pictured wearing various Converse styles: Jack Purcells, One Stars and Chuck Taylor All Stars were all essential parts of his look (along with the long, stringy hair, oversized, striped sweaters, etc.) So it's fitting that the celebrated sneaker line would pay him homage by debuting a new collection of sneakers featuring scribbles and notes from his personal notebooks.
The collection, which debuted this month, includes all three shoe styles in white or black, each distressed to attain the grunge look Nirvana brought to the mainstream (meaning that worn-in, frayed look). Each is available in either a solid color design (with, of course, discolored or soiled-looking sections of fabric) or, if you prefer flashier designers, you can opt for the versions featuring notebook scribbles or hand-written lyrics. Cobain's signature is embroidered on each shoe's outer, making these a true colelctor's item.
My favorites are probably the white lo-top All Star kicks with the all-over illustrations in black-- there's a really intimate feel to the scribbles, which include an illustrated electric guitar, a baby floating above outstretched hands (it looks like he's crowd surfing), music sheet notes, and more. I also love the subtle design details: the note on the side of the shoe that reads "Return If Found" followed by Cobain's signature and the frayed black thread on the shoe's tongue really make these feel like they tell a story. Die-hard Nirvana fans will also appreciate the lyrics version, which is designed to look like a page torn out of a composition notebook (thus the white lines over the black fabric). Oh, and, in case you were asking yourself, the above pictured shoe features the lyrics to "Lithium." Guess Converse wants us to come as we are.
Converse All Star Lo-top Cobain Doodles, $44.99; Converse All Star Hi-Top Lithium Lyrics, $49.99. Available at Journeys.com