Well what do we have here? Why, it's a pair of the recently reissued Converse Pro Leather 1976 shoes! These ones are clearly going to be a matter of taste; either you like the look or you don't. Me? I think they're pretty sweet. A couple more pics:
And here's a bit of the press release describing the reissue from the folks at Converse:
[These shoes are] a piece of Converse history. A stitch by stitch re-issue of the Pro Leather 1976.
This shoe debuted over thirty years ago at a time when basketball needed a vibe. Along came some guys wearing short shorts, tall socks, big hair, and the Pro Leather. They carried the game through one of its most crucial transitions with style, flair, and creativity. In '82, the sneaker earned the nickname "Buzzer Beaters" for its part in a last minute college championship win. Today, in Converse's 100th year, we wanted to provide you with the shoe that is among the most recognizable of its era and one that changed the game for generations to come.
At first glance, these immediately reminded me of the black and white Converse Weapons that Larry Bird used to rock back in the day -- a shoe which I proudly wore at the time as well. But the Pro Leathers aren't that sturdy. These ones are clearly more about style than substance, as there's no way someone with my ankle history should even think about trying to play hoops in these. But that's okay. These are about a look, and as such, Converse included some knee high socks and a t-shirt ...
... along with some 70s style big-frame sunglasses.
The glasses feel a little flimsy in the frames, but the lenses are high quality and actually are polarized. Definitely worth wearing, again, if you like the look. Now, what might this look like when worn all at once? You can check me out modeling it all -- complete with a Josh Childress-style hairdo -- after the jump.