There seems to be a never-ending supply of new items with Warhol imagery, but these kicks I want. Along with The Andy Warhol Foundation, Converse is releasing the Andy Warhol Chuck Taylor All Star collection for spring. In both high-top and low-top forms, the collection is slated to arrive on February 7 at specialty retailers and on Converse.com. Ranging from $35 – $90, a portion of the proceeds will then go to Warhol Foundation. Andy always loved shoes. When he was a commercial illustrator in the 50s he drew them and in the 80s he silkscreened them for Halston high-heeled ads. He also reportedly silkscreened his own pair of Chuck Taylors too. Converse design director, Damion Silver says;
“Andy Warhol famously created art inspired by American pop culture icons, and was a pioneer in utilizing the Chuck Taylor All Star as a blank canvas for his work. From this shared creative history grew our collaboration with Warhol.”
Just might have to get a pair. I have a pair of vintage Randy the Tiger tennis shoes, MIB below, signed by Andy, that a pair of these might look great next to in my display case –doncha think?
Also for spring, the Self Portraits Collection, produced by Retrosuperfuture (and the Andy Warhol Foundation) feature a collage of photo booth self-portraits and come in four frame shapes. $245.