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The Other Converse Sneakers You Should Be Wearing This Summer

by fuzong posted 2017-07-10

Before Air Jordan existed or before Michael Jordan even had a Nike contract, the basketball legend wore Converse sneakers. Specifically, he wore a style called the Fastbreak, most notably as member of the North Carolina Tar Heels en route to their NCAA Championship in 1984. Then months later, he sported the shoes while helping the United States defeat Spain in the '84 Olympics. (Those sneakers recently sold at auction for a staggering $190,000.) Though often overshadowed by the more popular Converse Chuck Taylor and Weapon, these historic mid-high kicks are now back for the first time ever.

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Put the Fastbreak up against the Weapon and, in our opinion, the Fastbreak wins every time. It's simply less shoe (just like your abs, less bulk is always better) and a more flattering silhouette. This new Fastbreak is updated from the '83 original version with a Nike Lunarlon insole for comfort and comes in three retro colorways, including purple, green, and red. But what remains are the retro athletic vibes that are all over menswear right now, from the colorblocked windbreakers Vetements helped resuscitate to the side stripe track pants that brands like Valentino and Zara are selling like hotcakes. What also makes these desirable right now, aside from being one of the most underrated Converse sneakers ever created, is that at just 85 bucks a pop, you can get 'em in two colorways for less than the price of a single pair of Air Jordans.

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