Fall 16 sees the return of Converse here at Attitude, and it’s most certainly a welcome one. Three of the CONS division’s best skate shoes, the CTAS Pro Lo and Hi and the One Star Pro, have been given fresh new colourways, with a very seasonal feel running throughout. Certainly one for skaters and Converse lovers alike!
First up we have the One Star Pro in a Black/Casino/Gum colourway. A full hairy suede construction makes the shoe incredibly durable, particularly in terms of resistance against flip tricks which is enhanced by the additional textured rubber layer that wraps around the front of the midsole. Stitching is few and far between, which reduces the chances of tears and splits appearing quickly, and the outsole has been vulcanized to make it much harder-wearing without sacrificing boardfeel. Cushioning is taken care of by the Lunarlon sockliner, which is incredibly responsive and will protect your feet well against harsh impacts, and rounding off the tech-heavy shoe is a memory foam collar, which moulds to the shape of your feet to improve comfort massively. As for the colourway, it’s definitely an eye-catching one. The full pale black upper contrasts heavily against the rich gum sole, with the bold red laces only brightening the shoe further. Certainly not one for the faint-hearted!
The only CTAS Lo Pro in the new collection is this Fatigue Green iteration. With a very stripped back style featuring minimal branding, this is a very, very clean shoe. The canvas side and heel portions of the shoe come in an olive green colour, which contrasts strongly against the black that runs through the middle of the shoe on the tongue, laces, eyelets and toecap. That all sits atop a deep gum sole, which lends a very retro feel to the autumn-ready shoe. Technology doesn’t go a miss either as the Lunarlon sole remains, providing incredible cushioning and comfort. The extra textured rubber layer that wraps around the front of the midsole enhances durability significantly, as does the vulcanised construction of the sole (which also improves boardfeel). The fact that the sole is rubber makes it incredibly grippy also, meaning you’ll be able to skate in confidence that you’re secure on your board.
The first of two CTAS Hi Pro colourways is this Back Alley Brick/Black/Gum iteration, which follows the same style as the CTAS above. The canvas side and heel portions of the shoe come in a rich red colour, which is offset heavily by a black toecap, tongue and lace eyelets. The Chuck Taylor logo that of course features on the medial side of the shoe is kept tonal in a rich red colour, to take nothing away from the colourway overall whilst still providing that signature Converse style. A gum sole has again been incorporated, to spice up the shoe a little bit more for the autumn and winter months. It’s the perfect skate shoe if you need that extra bit of support around the ankle, and cushioning is also on point thanks to the inclusion of a Lunarlon sockliner. The vulcanised rubber sole, which offers fantastic traction and boardfeel, is incredibly durable, which is further enhanced by a textured overlay that wraps around the front of the midsole (a typically high abrasion area when skating).
While this toned-down iteration of the CTAS Hi Pro may look a tad bland at first glance, in reality it is anything but. The black areas of the upper are a super-durable rubber infused suede, which will stand up to a hell of a lot of wear and tear which is of course experienced when skating. The aforementioned has been offset by a striped tongue, featuring a detailed grey/blue/red pattern in a soft canvas material. Said tongue features an additional neoprene gusset, which provides a one-piece inner construction to ensure a secure fit. The Lunarlon sockliner remains, providing impact cushioning and comfort on a level that most skate shoes cannot match, and the vulcanized rubber outsole provides incredible boardfeel and grippy traction. It’s easy to see why the CTAS is the preferred choice of many top skaters nowadays.
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