I was the 3rd person to grab a pair of Chuck II when they dropped on July 28th. I woke up first thing and went to Champs Sports at the St. Louis Galleria only to find out they didn't get any size 10 Chucks II shipped to their store! I was shocked and left quickly to search other stores like Footlocker whom didn't even have the new Converse what so ever. After walking back to Champs Sports to possibly see If I could fit into the Size 9, I noticed a Converse Chuck 2 display in front of the Journey store! My eyes lit up as I had a feeling of restored faith! I quickly asked one of the employees to bring me a size 10 to try on. I then tried them on and realized how much more comfortable and premium they felt! The upgrades consist of a non-slip tongue, higher quality canvas and a Nike Lunarlon insole. Before leaving I hooked up both of the guys working with a bottle of Star Cleaner so they could keep their new Converse Chucks clean. The next day I heard that the hi-top black Chuck II sold-out everywhere, so I looked on eBay only to see that people had listings set for $199 buy it now! Reselling sneakers is a popular thing to do, especially with retro Jordan releases. It's only a matter of time for the Iconic sneaker to be restocked in selected stores.
In the last couple of years Converse has taken some innovative steps forward in the footwear industry. Its been more then a decade since being owned by Nike inc., and they are finally incorporating some of their homegrown technology. The biggest game changer in the Converse Chuck Taylor 2 is it's Nike Lunarlon insoles that gives the sneaker arch support. The Chuck 2 also features a non-slip tongue and a more premium canvas upper. Design wise they kept it very similar to it's original because of the fear of breaking something thats not broken. The new Chuck II features appear to be more minimalistic without it having it's signature blue line. The shoe also has more of a couture fit and giving it a premium look and feel. It's been two days since the release and they are sold out in stores. You can find a pair on eBay tonight but expect to pay $129-$199 for a sneaker that retails at $75. This release tells us Converse is on a new path with many other great things to come! Who knows they might keep the ball rolling and drop a Chuck 3 year.
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