First previewed at the Rick Owens Gethsemane Fall/Winter 2021 show this past January, we now have official release info for the DRKSHDW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70.

The minimalist design and punk style of the black and white canvas Chuck 70 goes hand-in-hand with the Rick Owens aesthetic, so much so that Owens used the model as inspiration for his own DRKSHDW Ramones silhouette. Now an official collaboration, the TURBODRK Chuck 70 follows Owens’ design principle of “distorting the ubiquitous.” The tongue has been extended in signature Rick Owens style, while the toe has been squared-off to add a touch of Brutalist flavor.

Rick Owens and Converse enlisted Montreal-based duo Fecal Matter for the shoe’s campaign photography and creative direction. The aesthetic is all about “disrupting formality.” While the occult imagery may offend some, Owens explains the idea behind his use of the pentagram is to spread acceptance and tolerance:

“I’ve been using this pentagram for a long time because obviously, it has adolescent occult associations. But I like geometric diagrams like that because, in a very primal way, they are a culture’s grasp for control. And a way to organize thoughts and systems. And a pentagram, in this day and age with all of its associations… I like the fact that it refers to an alternative system. And that suggests openness and empathy. It suggests the pursuit of pleasure, this pursuit of sensation. But one of the main things that I think it suggests is empathy and a consideration of systems of living that might not be standard. So that leads us to be more accepting and tolerant of other systems, which I think is a good thing.”

The DRKSHDW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70 launches on July 27th on Converse.com (10am EDT), RickOwens.eu, Rick Owens shops, and select retailers. It will be available in black as a Hi and in Lily White as an Ox.

Rick Owens DRKSHDW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70 Hi
Color: Black
Style Code: 172344C
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Rick Owens DRKSHDW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70 Ox
Color: Lily White
Style Code: 172345C
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Campaign photography and creative direction by Fecal Matter:

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