—01. A First String Release.
When the opportunity arose to work with Converse this was the only shoe I wanted to make: a longtime favourite, and a classic that has scarcely been available in years. Launched as the Suede All Star in the early 1970s, this model is often referred to as the Jack Star, and although it's made sporadic appearances in the Converse catalogue since, it has always been overshadowed by the Chuck Taylor, the Jack Purcell, and the original One Star. In my mind however, the small details – the absence of pinstriping on the midsole and the bars bookending the star on the upper – have always made this style as iconic as the others. Recently elements of the under-appreciated model formed the basis for Anthony Pappalardo's signature skate shoe, but after parting ways with Converse that seems destined for obscurity too. Now dubbed the One Star Academy, this version, produced exclusively for Inventory, is a leather-lined, tonal suede interpretation of the original with a white debossed license plate. Limited numbers of both colours are now in stock at our New York and Vancouver stores, as well as online.