The Iconic Red Heart: Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY

The Iconic Red Heart: Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY

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Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY

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Comme des Garçons’ diffusion line Comme des Garçons PLAY distinguishes its aesthetic as more functinoal and casual version of the brand’s primary line. First implemented by the iconic Rei Kawakbuo, Comme des Garçons PLAY, otherwise known as CDG PLAY, introduces non-conforming styles that appeal to the younger generations more modernly. Rei Kawakubo has always had a passion for design, and her distinctive aesthetic is prevalent in the diffusion line. Comme des Garçons PLAY is the most popular and sought-after diffusion line of Comme des Garçons. It is primarily known for its iconic bug-eyed red heart motif designed by the New York-based artist Filip Pagowski, which has become the face of the line.


Established in 1908, Converse’s legendary legacy began with their sneakers originally worn as basketball shoes. As the first mass-produced basketball shoe in North America, the thick rubber soles featured on the Converse sneakers and the ankle-covering canvas upper provided optimal comfort and support needed while playing on the court. The Chuck Taylor Brand’s signature All Star sneaker reinvented the sport of basketball with its functional and innovative aesthetics. Converse quickly began to grow, and the sneakers eventually grew beyond simply being used as basketball shoes and becoming a footwear staple with young adults and musicians across the globe. By embodying the brand’s original spirit of crafting an authentic black canvas that celebrates the confluence of countless subcultures.


Both Converse and Comme des Garçons PLAY collided in 2009 with the introduction of the Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY Chuck Taylor All Star. As a precursor to the instant Chuck 70 classic, which would later be released in 2015, this elevated sneaker staple is more than just a red heart on a canvas sneaker. Both minimalist yet elevated in its aesthetic, the sneaker has shaped contemporary fashion for future generations to come. The collaboration between Comme des Garçons PLAY and Converse has sparked countless variations of the classic Chuck Taylor, including high and low-top variations of different shades of the Chuck 70s, all while implementing the signature bug-eyed red heart motif at the side panels.


The Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY All Star Chuck ‘70 is an elevated must-have sneaker for any collection. The primary spotlight of this sneaker is the screen-printed imagery of the iconic bug-eyed red heart motif designed by Filip Pagowski. The sneaker features a canvas upper, while the oversized heart graphic is printed at the quarter panel is cut off at the vulcanized rubber midsole. Also included within the distinct design are the rubber toe cap and the traditional 1970 vulcanized rubber outsole. The traditional full-lace closure offers a secure experience, while both brands’ can see classic branding within the sneaker’s comfortable insole. Exposed stitching emphasizes the elevated sneaker, completing the overall aesthetic.


The latest Converse x Comme des Garçons PLAY restock is available now at all retail locations + online. Shop these elevated sneaker must-haves here.

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