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Converse Chuck Taylors Get Their First-Ever Redesign In 98 Years

There are few shoes more iconic than the Chuck Taylor All Star. The simple yet stylish kicks from Converse first hit the scene (and streets) in 1917. Since then, they have been worn by professional athletes, rock stars and even the first lady.

Now, 98 years since their inception, the legendary sneakers are getting their first-ever redesign with the debut of the Chuck Taylor All Star II. Converse calls it "a contemporary adaptation."

“We listened and took it to heart that people love their Chucks and want sneakers that are built to enable them to do more," said Richard Copcutt, vice president and general manager of Converse All Star, in a press release. "The Chuck II is the full expression of this consumer obsession, staying true to the DNA of the original.”

At first glance it doesn't look like much has changed -- which is a good thing, since we would hate to see our beloved Chucks be completely reworked. The upgrades are primarily in the shoes' materials and construction. Fans can expect a more comfortable fit thanks to a Tencel canvas upper, foam-padded collar, non-slip padded tongue, perforated micro-suede liner, and a Nike Lunerlon sock liner that basically makes you feel like you're walking on air.

So when can you get your feet into these beauties? Chuck Taylor All Star IIs will be released on July 28, retailing for $70 (low-tops) and $75 (high-tops).

What do you think of the new design? Sound off in the comments section below.

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