Haven Apply Tactical Touches to First Converse Chuck 70 GORE-TEX ColabRelease: 14 November 2020
It probably comes as a surprise to most that Haven haven’t had a Converse collaboration until now. The mil-spec influence and functional aesthetic of the Canadian boutique’s private label and select brands certainly lends itself to their tactical take on the reliable Chuck 70.
In typical Haven style, a smattering of upgrades elevates the heritage basketball sneaker into an urban liberator. Rain is a regular motif of Haven editorials, and they’ve come prepared for it with GORE-TEX membranes for this colab (and many of their previous efforts too). Furthermore, this Chuck 70 isn’t made from its usual heavyweight canvas; a mix of suede and full grain leather ensures a glove-like fit that’ll get even better with age. The leather forms a water-resistant mudguard around the midsole edge, wrapping up the eyestays and heel counter for extra protection. Durability is also beefed up with a slightly extended thickness outsole, and XL-sized woven heel pull tabs for ease of entry. Inside, OrthoLite insoles increase the cushioning capabilities over standard-issue Chucks. Like most Haven co-signs, they keep their own branding understated, and simply place their logo on the left heel’s ‘license plate’.
The Haven x Converse Chuck 70 GORE-TEX releases exclusively via Haven on November 14. Two colours will be available: classic black, and a very stealthy ‘Night Forest’ olive.