Converse x Marimekko Fall 2011 Sneaker Collection — Poppies, Ponies, Polka Dots, And Kaleidoscopes
Are red and black triangles still dancing in your head from the first sneaker collaboration between Converse and Finnish textile mill Marimekko? Well, you better shake them right out, ladies, because the Converse x Marimekko Fall 2011 collection has officially landed at Converse.com.
This time around, Marimekko selected iconic prints that would celebrate its heritage — among them the Unikko design, a poppy print originally created by designer Maija Isola, which is perhaps the visual most commonly linked to the brand. Maija’s daughter Kristina Isola re-sized the flowers in the print and adjusted the colors, so that the Unikko print pops up in either red blossoms against a white background on the huck Taylor All Star kicks or in black and gray flowers against a white backdrop in the Jack Purcell style. Another classic Maija Isola print, the Paprika (sweet pepper) pattern introduced in 1965, also surfaces in the Converse collection, with whimsical black swirls against a white backdrop. By combining these classic prints with the most beloved Converse silhouettes of all time — the Chuck Taylor and Jack Purcell — the two brands have created a handful of collectible sneakers that celebrate tradition while maintaining their modern feel.
To complete the collection, up-and-coming print designer Maija Louekari create two all-new prints designed exclusively for the Converse collection: Kaleidoskooppi, which pops up in both low-top and hi-top All Star Chuck Taylors and features a Crayola box’s worth of colors (bright aqua, yellow, lilac, green, baby pink, orange, and more) stacked atop one another for an explosion of dynamic shades; and Poni, a polka dot-esque print meant to resemble the hoof prints left by a small pony that shows up in a cobalt blue and pink color way on the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor hi-tops.
My absolute favorite: the Converse x Marimekko All Star Chuck Taylor Hi in the Kaleidoskooppi print, which will have you leaving footprints of happiness everywhere you walk.
Converse x Marimekko Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers, $75 each, and Chuck Taylor All Star Hi sneakers, $80 each. Available at Converse.com