Behind the Scenes: A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Reinterpret an Icon


Samuel Ross is no stranger to the avant-garde. Through A-COLD-WALL*, Ross embraces the power of creative tension to push the limits of design, twisting its methodology for distinctive takes on form, function and aesthetic. So far, Ross’ ongoing collaboration with Converse has produced conceptual, sell-out gems like the Sponge Crater and the Aeon Active CX, flexing his label’s penchant for asymmetry and material exploration.

Now, the duo have created two new executions of the Chuck 70, developed via a yet-to-be-released update of the iconic silhouette. Dubbed the Chuck 70 Geo Forma, Converse’s new edition utilises technical fabrics like polyester-spandex-ripstop booties and recycled outsoles, allowing Ross to further explore A-COLD-WALL*’s angular hallmarks through a textural, futuristic lens. This collaboration features, alongside a set of everyday apparel staples, a double pack of Chuck 70 Geo Formas in ‘Silver Birch’ and ‘Pavement’ colourways.

Matt Sleep, design director for ENERGY at Converse, delves into what makes their collaboration with Samuel Ross so unique and future-forward.

A-COLD-WALL* x Converse 70 ‘Geo Forma’

What’s the story behind Converse linking up with A-COLD-WALL*?
Samuel Ross, the founder of A-COLD-WALL*, entered his work with Converse with a probing question: ‘How does a collaboration relay intent?’

Since then, he’s brought many things to our partnership, but none more important than his way of seeing and understanding the symbiotic nature of how the form and feel of a product must work when creating new concepts in partnership together.

Furthermore, Samuel has a respect for the past but also a desire to contemporize for the future – something that aligns nicely with Converse’s approach of using our legacy to find creative inspiration when looking forward.

A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Silver Birch’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Silver Birch’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Silver Birch’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Silver Birch’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Pavement’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Pavement’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Pavement’
A-COLD-WALL* x Converse Chuck 70 ‘Pavement’

Why is the A-COLD-WALL* aesthetic a good match for Converse?
Our designs together follow ACW’s hallmarks: asymmetry, material exploration and subdued color, yet at the same time honoring Converse’s heritage and place in culture. It’s a great balance.

Exploration drives Ross’ practice, and the individual pieces show a shift from stark, sculptural form to sensitive functionality. Ross manages to retain elements of an avant-garde sensibility while embracing challenges of utility and protection, landing some incredible collaborations from the Aeon to the Sponge and now this interpretation of the Chuck 70.

A-COLD-WALL* x Converse 70 Geo Forma Pavement

Was it difficult reinterpreting a silhouette as iconic as the Chuck 70?
The Converse Chuck Taylor has always been a sneaker for everyone and a canvas for creators. Whether it be a 14-year-old taking a sharpie to the upper or a collaborator who just added a new outsole to the Chuck Taylor, it’s the ultimate form of self-expression. Over time, it’s been adopted by misfits, dreamers, musicians, skaters and designers to enable new expressions and, in turn, a connection with our brand.

That said, reinterpreting such an icon can be a great challenge but also a great privilege – and one that Samuel has not taken lightly in his classic yet modern approach to the Chuck 70. As a result, Samuel and A-COLD-WALL* have certainly brought a beautiful new interpretation to life.

A-COLD-WALL* x Converse

Converse’s new Chuck 70 Geo Forma is set to drop later in 2022. In the meantime, check out their latest limited-edition releases available here.

To stay up to date with all the latest from A-COLD-WALL* and Converse, head here.

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