Much like its name, Ambush, founder Yoon Ahn’s first collaboration with Converse capitalises on the element of surprise. On a trip to the Converse archive one silhouette acutely captured Yoon’s discerning eye: the Extreme Cold Weather Boot. It’s with that eye that Ambush and Converse would begin to reconstruct a heritage of analog function for the modern street style consumer – playing on two classic sport styles: the Converse X Ambush Chuck 70 and Pro Leather.
Infusing Ambush’s signature styling to both sneakers, the traditionally canvas and leather silhouettes have been reworked with exaggerated proportions that appear to catapult them into space while protective elements ensure functionality on city streets.
With its heightened platform midsole, the Chuck 70 is clad in embellished rubber layering with extra height layered in the midsole. Overt external instructions define an aesthetic informed by the functional construction of the “bunny boot” and are complemented by bold Ambush branding on the silhouette’s futuristic heel.
Further, the Chuck 70’s coconut milk rubberised upper features matte detailing, a gusseted tongue for stability and insulation and matching laces for a monochromatic expression.
Yoon also becomes one of the first designers to completely rework the Pro Leather as it re-enters the Converse line up. The classic leather basketball sneaker is transformed through a distinctive tactical aesthetic, with a black rubberised upper that hosts a tonal 3D Converse Star Chevron logo, gusseted tongue, and monochromatic black laces, sharpened by cyber yellow instructional Ambush branding on the elevated heel.
The Converse X Ambush Pro Leather and Chuck 70 have launched exclusively at Converse Sandton City and Shelflife, and retails for R1999.95.