The Converse Chuck Taylor might be the most universally-loved sneaker ever. It’s certainly one of the top three most-recognized kicks out there. It’s beloved by style gods and average Joes, rich guys and broke college students (over its century-plus history the Chuck Taylor is still not just one of the most stylish shoes in the world, but the most affordable, too).
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The sneaker comes in monochromatic color scheme (black or white), is executed in supple leather upper (with embossments wear said toe box and circular logo would normally be) and one-piece Phylon bottom that makes the new versions as lightweight as any knit running shoe on the market today. It’s got a leather tongue, and even the cloth laces have been swapped out for leather ones, all of which drive home the elevated feel. (If regular Chucks are perfect for jeans, Chuck Moderns are the ultimate suit sneaker .)
As you might expect, all that leather makes the Chuck Modern Lux more expensive than a pair of regular Chucks. And it does. But a well-made all-leather sneaker for $140? With unsanctioned versions of Chuck Taylors out there that cost upwards of $500, the Modern Lux still feels like a steal.
$140, available February 9th at Blends and Kith locations and February 17 at converse.com