Damn. This is like a double kick in the nuts. This is the first Converse Skateboarding collaboration with skate mag Thrasher, which celebrates the release of a new video “Prevent This Tragedy.” The pack includes the CTS (low) in canvas, with black/black/gum, or black/white/royal blue. The CTS mid is the real star here, with hemp upper, and black/white/green, with “Prevent This Tragedy” looking like it was scrawled on the side by a sharpie on the outsole. Nice!
But it was too good to be true. Apparently they are already sold out, with no word on future releases. I didn’t even know that Converse was big on skate shoes, but if they keep putting stuff out like the CTS mid, there is a lot to look forward too. I’m not too crazy about the CTS low, to me it just looks like a beefed up chuck Taylor. The brown gum sole is pretty sweet though.
I hate to rain on the parade, and this really is the most important part of this post. As part of my “research,” I emailed Converse to ask them what the deal was on their vegan shoe policy. Based on information from a committed vegan friend, I assumed that the Chuck Taylors were all vegan, and all their canvas kicks as well. But NOoooOOoo:
Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, we do not have any products that are certain to be Vegan-friendly. While the majority of our materials are animal-by-product free, the glue in our products can sometimes contain some animal by-products. So, it is not possible for us to advertise our products as being truly Vegan.
We apologize if this prevents you from being able to wear our product. We certainly hope it does not because there is nothing in the world like a pair of Converse shoes!
Thank you for shopping with us and we do hope that you find something that you like and can enjoy!
*Sigh.* Come on! This Thrasher shoe is made out of HEMP. There has to be something else going on here. I’m going to follow up with them on this one because hemp isn’t a typical material to use in a skate shoe. If you’re still interested, check out the official site. They also have some trucker hats and tees.