Todd Snyder released his latest collaboration with Converse on Thursday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. EST, and fans of Todd Snyder, Converse and the modern-preppy aesthetic won’t want to miss this release. The limited-edition Chuck 70 Hi Top sneakers are a standout, but the new collaboration includes much more than sneakers.
“The collection was inspired by the way that artists, rock stars and other rebels effortlessly mix sportswear with more sartorial styles,” Snyder said in a press release.
From Off-White to JW Anderson to Tyler, The Creator, Converse has participated in a lot of interesting collaborations over the years. Snyder, the New York City-based menswear designer, put his own spin on Converse last year, which resulted in one of the most stylish men’s sneakers released in 2021. Coming almost one year after the first Todd Snyder x Converse collaboration, the new Jack Purcell Rebel Prep collection is finally here, and we expect some of these limited-edition looks to sell out.
Unsurprisingly, the focus of the Rebel Prep collection is on the new Converse shoes, but Snyder’s latest Converse collab also features an entire Converse Jack Purcell clothing collection including parkas, track pants, hats and, yes, shoes. For this collection, Snyder remixed the low-top Jack Purcell and the high-top Chuck 70.
Update: Minutes after the release, the high-top Chuck 70 sneakers are already unavailable. The low-top Jack Purcell sneakers are available for pre-order but not scheduled to ship until March due to COVID-19 related manufacturing delays.
Todd Snyder has sold Converse on his site for years and featured vintage Converse designs in plenty of products, but this is only the second time he’s directly linked up with the brand on a collaboration. His first collection focused specifically on the Jack Purcell, a low-top style sneaker that’s unique for its two-layered rubber toe-cap with a blue rubber insert across the front, known as the smile. Despite their similar looks, Jack Purcell and Converse were actually distinct brands, until Converse acquired them. And while the Chuck Taylor started out as a basketball shoe, the Jack Purcell was named for the legendary Canadian badminton player. (Yes, such a thing used to exist, circa the Great Depression.)
Like this current collection, Todd Snyder’s first collaboration included a clothing collection to go along with the shoes. Fittingly for a champion Badminton player, the Jack Purcell collection had a decidedly preppy focus. It included polo shirts and track pants, with racquet and shuttlecock motifs galore.
We were big fans, but if the first Todd Snyder x Jack Purcell collaboration felt a little too preppy for you, then the Rebel Prep collection might be more your speed. As the name suggests, Snyder mashed up military and Ivy inspirations, landing on a collection that includes everything from velour rugby shirts and plaid track pants to camo parkas and helmet bags. Snyder leaned especially heavily into the military inspiration when designing the shoes. Both the Jack Purcell style and the Chuck 70 hi-top feature waxed canvas from British Millerain, the original manufacturer of waxed cotton canvas. The shoes have contrasting olive and khaki panels, with a bright orange lining and detailing, a nod to the orange lining of bomber jackets used by the US military in WWII.
On the more military-inspired end of the spectrum, the clothing collection includes a camo parka and a bomber jacket, both in olive colors and featuring an orange lining. There’s also an army-inspired helmet bag. On the preppier side, there are plaid track pants and varsity-inspired sweatshirts, with the preppiest piece probably being the blue cardigan featuring a repeating racquet motif. The Converse Jack Purcell x Todd Snyder collection consists of a total of 18 pieces.
When you put together 80s-inspired velour sweatshirts, varsity-influenced track pants, and British army parkas, you run the very real risk of landing on a collection that’s a complete mish-mash. But in the considered hands of Todd Snyder, it all works together surprisingly well. Part of that has to do with Todd Snyder’s innate understanding of how regular guys dress — they might pull on a denim jacket with slim-fit cargos and basketball sneakers, pieces with wildly different origins that nonetheless work together. In fact, it makes a lot of sense when you think about Converse, a brand that started as a basketball shoe but has become a blank canvas for expression from everyone from punk rockers and skaters to college students and street style stars. So pairing British waxed canvas with a basketball shoe from Boston? We’re all for it.
Check out the full Todd Snyder x Converse Jack Purcell collection below, and head to Todd Snyder to order your favorite fits.