The Kicks The Fashion Set Wore To NZ Fashion Week 2019
Comfort and cool collided during the biggest week in New Zealand fashion, as seen on the feet of street style stars and fashion bloggers
It’s the week you want all eyes to be on you.
The trade component of NZ Fashion Week was exactly the right time to dress to impress, what with the number of street style photographers, fashion media and bloggers flooding Auckland’s inner city.
This year’s fashionable festivities were given new life thanks to NZ Fashion Week’s return to its previous home – Auckland Town Hall and its surrounding areas.
And judging from the number of people who literally stepped up their game, the fashion stakes were higher than ever.
We spotted five of our favourites from Auckland’s fashion set stepping out in newness from Converse.
From timeless High Tops to new age Space Racers, Converse kept some of the most stylish patrons of NZ Fashion cool yet comfy while making their way to and from shows.
Fresh for 2019, the brand released new iterations of old favourites, with a range of new season Converse kicks that channel ‘90s era basketball silhouettes.
Two such styles include the VLTG (Voltage) and ERX sneakers, a hark back to the Converse archives but reimagined for the audience of now. Familiar yet fresh, these styles are reminiscent of a much-love, bygone era.
Originally launched in 1995, the VLTG was the statement making sneaker of its time, and quickly became popular on high school and NBA basketball courts alike.
Now, VLTG has been reimagined as a women’s only style, featuring the same silhouette from the mid-1990s but this time with a higher heel arch, lightweight Smart Foam cushioning and a street-ready herringbone pattern.
Design influences on the new era of VLTG include nostalgic ‘90s references, think track or shell suits, as well as brightly coloured geometric patterns.
In the same vein comes the new bolt chevron pattern displayed on the latest riffs of the Chuck 70 and Chuck Taylor All Star styles, this time named the Mission-V.
Positioned as the ultimate throwback, the family of ERX styles are considered off-the-court staples. Striking a balance between bulk and technology, the Energy Return Multiplier (or ERX) has been reimagined some thirty years later to reflect the bold attitude and style of basketball culture today.
The embossed tongue and colour blocking seen on the ERX 260 Mid was inspired by the series of Converse tracksuits sold in the early 90s as part of the CONS Collection label.
Whereas the ERX 260 OX is available in both bold high and mid styles, which boast a low-cut, off-court aesthetic. Whichever version you choose, the ERX 260 OX gleans its design inspiration from the archives, and features an embossed tongue and Ortho Lite insole with an EVA heel for an extra tier of support.
These styles and other newness from Converse is available now at converse.com.au, Converse Manukau, Converse St Lukes, Converse Sylvia Park and selected retail partners across the country.