These Converse Shoes Go From White To Colorful When Exposed To Sunlight

Converse has shown off its latest footwear collection, this time featuring UV-activated sneakers. The Nike-owned company has collaborated with Chinatown Market to produce the novel, color-changing shoe, which they have named the “UV Chuck 70” collection.

Converse has collaborated with Chinatown Market to make these UV-activated sneakers

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The sneakers have the classic Chuck Taylor All-Star design: star insignia, the All Star’s rubber sole, smooth rounded toe cap, and wrap-around strip.

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The canvas upper begins as white, but when exposed to direct sunlight it morphs into a color-blocked design of blue, orange, fuschia and purple. It’s like having 2 sets of shoes in 1.

You can see the transformation in action in the video below


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Chinatown Market’s Mike Cherman, who co-created the shoes, told Sneaker News that for him, as a customization-crazy person, the Chuck Taylors offer a perfect ‘canvas’ (pun intended) to work from.

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I love shoes like this because I can do whatever I want to them and have so much fun with them,” he said. “That truly is the core of why it’s so fun to work with Converse. We have this shoe that you can do anything with. It’s made of cotton canvas, one of the most malleable materials in the game, and it’s great to be able to play with that.”

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Image credits: thechinatownmarket

The UV feature allows the shoe to interact with the user and the environment it’s in, something that Mike thinks is the coolest part about the project.

“It makes the shoe more than just a shoe,” he explained. “It’s a conversation piece, something that’s unique to the wearer. These hues change in their own way, and some colors will last longer while others will last for a shorter time period. It’s the beauty of the shoes: how unique they are.”

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Image credits: thechinatownmarket

“I think the biggest thing in communicating this project is that a lot of the product images show UV light, and a lot of people might not immediately understand what UV-activated means. It’s as simple as the sun. All you need is sunlight for these shoes to change colors.”

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“That’s what’s so beautiful about it. You don’t need any special tech, you don’t have to be able to draw. It’s not like we just gave you a box of markers and said: ‘now you have to make your own cool shoe.’ It’s truly packaged with the punch of its special features. No gimmicks necessary. It changes with you.” 


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Image credits: thechinatownmarket

“You go to a music festival, the shoes are all bright and crazy in the sunlight, and the moment you step inside a tent, they go back to their pastel base and are different. That’s what’s so fun.”

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