Converse Unveil Ibn Jasper-Designed Pro LeatherRelease: 26 September 2019
According to Converse, Jasper's goal was to shine a spotlight on Dr. J and to make sure today's kids are familiar with one of the most influential basketball players of all time. So, naturally, Jasper took on Erving's old Pro Leather, taking inspiration from a pre-game photo of Dr. J that showed the legendary baller walking into the arena rocking an all-white fit. The result adds perfectly placed suede overlays to the kicks, while tongue zippers, embossed Roman numerals, and custom lace jewels give the design a contemporary vibe.
The colab drops on September 26.
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CONVERSE x IBN JASPER Chicago-born Ibn Jasper wants to make sure today’s kids know Dr. J. The first basketball player to dunk from the foul line, Julius Erving is known for his free flowing play, as well as for wearing Converse’s Pro Leather basketball shoe. First released in 1976, the Pro Leather debuted as the lightest and most durable performance basketball shoe on the market. Highlighted by the star/chevron logo, the shoe was worn in collegiate and pro competition by many of the game’s best — though most notably by Erving — before being discontinued in 1983. Subsequent re-issues have not only cemented the silhouette’s stature in the cannon of hoop shoes, but given it standing in fashion and skate circles alike. “This particular collaboration means a lot to me since I was born in the 70s and grew up in the 80s watching all of the great NBA players like Dr.J.,” says Jasper. “The aesthetic is based on a photo of Dr. J. walking into the arena with an all-white outfit. He looks like he just stepped off of the runway. I thought to myself: ‘How can I distill this image and vibe into a collection?’” The statuesque white serves a secondary purpose too. Jasper’s intent is to channel Erving’s sophisticated style into a trophy that pays homage to the highflying player’s great legacy and impact on the game. Roman numeral embossing adds to this vibe, granting historical weight to a contemporary design accentuated by a side zipper. The Converse x IBN Jasper Pro Leather will release globally on September 26.