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Step it up with the Converse x Marimekko Spring 2013 Collection

Some things just go well together: peanut butter and jelly, Tom and Jerry (or Ben & Jerry, for that matter!), strawberries and champagne, Saturday mornings and cartoons, popcorn and movies, and Converse and Marimekko. After several successful collaborations, the two companies have joined forces once again for Spring 2013, unveiling a whole new series of youthful canvas sneakers in playful prints.

The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” might dance in your head as you regard the Mansikka print, which features plump strawberries with green seeds and green stems, all dancing against a white backdrop. This fruity and flirtatious print appears in the Converse x Marimekko Chuck Taylor All Star Platform ($75 at Converse.com), shown first above, which features a red-and-white striped platform beneath the vulcanized outsole we associate with traditional Chucks for a groovy 1970s feel, as well as in the Converse x Marimekko Chuck Taylor All Star Low ($70 at Converse.com) and the low-top Converse x Marimekko Jack Purcell Helen ($75 at Converse.com), pictures last above.

A similarly picturesque print is the Unikko, the classic poppy design we’ve seen in previous Converse x Marimekko collections. The twist this time around is that the print has been reversed so that, rather than boldly colorful flowers against a white backdrop, we find mainly white blossoms (occasional pops of lime green and royal blue notwithstanding) against a sky blue background. The Unikko print is seen above, second from top, in the Converse x Marimekko Chuck Taylor All Star Low ($70 at Converse.com).

 The last of the three prints in the collection is the Räsymatto, a simple dotted print, with the black spots in each vertical row practically bleeding into each other, so that they almost resemble strands in beaded curtains, with each bead kissing the next one. This print is showcased above in the Converse x Marimekko Chuck Taylor All Star Hi, seen third from top.

All three prints are available in the Jack Purcell Helen silhouette and the high-top, low-top and platform versions of the Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker.

Which print are you loving most? And, more importantly, are you ready to get lifted with a pair of platform sneakers?

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