Earlier this year, if you thought of Converse, nothing more really came to mind but their beloved CTS. That and nothing else was really going for them, especially with how quick the Weapon 2.0 came and went :/. But it’s hard to find success in other models when you have the quintessential skate shoe doing everything for your consumers. It’s admittingly hard not to find yourself in the CTS. It’s simplicity is one of the many reasons we find ourselves skating them during the summer time but more than that, their functionality is a constant that keeps us coming back for more. A narrow vulcanized shoe, one piece rubber toe and the optimal cushioning since implementing their lunarlon insole proves that the CTS is pretty much everything you could ask for in a skate shoe.
As if even more praise was needed, the CTS has recently applied this suede backed canvas upper colorway for Jason Jesse and the results are better than we thought. Our friends at Yeah Boardshop put these J.Jesse’s through 8 hours of skating and the results are pretty impressive. Sure, the canvas doesn’t necessary hold up long enough to merit a ton of appreciation, but the effort and look of the shoe is convincing enough to keep us coming back for more. These Jesse’s have us curious too see what Converse has in store next, in terms of technology.
If their already iconic rubber toe wasn’t at the top of the key chain when talking rubber toe caps, they’ve thrown another shoe into the mix. You’ve probably seen this shoe here and there, most noticeably on Brophy’s IG. That shoe is called the Sumner (any relation to our favorite Christian?) and is dropping in shops now for $75-80. Just when we thought Converse had no need to chase the highly participated rubber toe trend, considering the dominance of the CTS, they throw the Sumner into the mix to avoid getting left out of the race.
Even with the trusty CTS, the Sumner comes in somewhat of a different form. The lunarlon insole, gusseted tongue and CONS branding remains consistent like most of their other staples but the Sumner differs in bringing back that comfy memory foam throughout the collar and tongue. Normally you’d find that additional support in most of their cupsole models, but the memory foam has always been appreciated, especially in a vulcanized model. The rubber toe comes in a 1mm thickness and given the vamp of the toe, will come in handy once you’ve burned down the foxing sidewalls with any number of flip tricks. We’ll be skating the Sumner sooner than later and report on the durability of their toe and how they fair versus the rest of the competition. The race is seriously stacking up.
Who’s got your favorite rubber toe at the moment? And which one are you curious to try next, if you’re not making your own…