Converse and Carhartt WIP Debut Chuck 70 Made From Recycled Workwear
The latest Converse collab is constructed from used jackets, pants and overalls.
Converse Renew was announced less than a year ago, but the Nike-owned brand’s eco-friendly program has already tapped Carhartt’s Work in Progress (WIP) streetwear division to once again beef up the Chuck 70.
The sustainably-sourced variant of the classic, basketball-born silhouette was crafted from single-source upcycled textiles from the famed American clothing outfitter. UK-based vintage fashion retailer Beyond Retro provided 1,000 pre-owned Carhartt work jackets, pants and overalls that were sorted by color into Navy, Black and Brown before being butterfly-cut to create the Chuck 70 shoe panels.
The panels were then sewn together using Carhartt WIP’s rugged stitch. Other features include the Chuck 70’s outsole-bolstering toe bumper, a Carhartt badge on the tongue, a spackled tread, and a Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Renew heel label.
Converse announced the Renew initiative last year, which includes the Renew Canvas process used in this collab. The first Renew Denim collection has also been successful, having recycled over 71 tons of the material.
A third Renew Cotton process promises to incorporate cotton canvas waste culled from other manufacturers into a composite made from 40 percent recycled cotton and polyester. In total, Converse Renew has diverted more than 180,000 textile items from landfills.