CONVERSE & MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA: REDEFINING THE WHITE SNEAKER

We don't usually post any fashion news here on the blog but we're always willing to make an exception.  We've long been advocates of the classic white sneaker. They're timeless, easy to wear, simple. These white sneakers, though, are not so simple. Because they're not really white. They're just covered in paint. Seriously.

For their first collaboration, the folks at Converse and the avant-gardists at Maison Martin Margiela have taken shoes we love — Chuck Taylors and Jack Purcells — and transformed them into something genuinely new by hand-painting everything from sole to eyelet in the French fashion house's signature white. Over time, the paint slowly chips and peels off, revealing one of the four colors of canvas (navy, red, black, or an exclusive vintage yellow) below. Call it a study in the beauty of decay and the impermanence of the things we hold dear in this life. Or, actually, just call it a cool pair of shoes.

$200, available this month in Margiela stores and select Converse First String retailers