Since he recovered the BFC/QG Designer Menswear Fund in 2019, Samuel Ross, founder of A-Cold-Wall *, born in Brixton, has not only worked on his brand’s seasonal offerings, but has also worked tirelessly to produce some of the best collaborative shoes on the market. He had a sold-out collaboration with Dr Martens in 2020, which saw a redesign of the brand’s 1460 boots, as he teamed up with Roa, Drake’s first hiking brand, to produce sneakers low and high. boots.
One of his most impressive collaborative projects is through Converse. In 2020, Ross released “Drop 01” from his sought-after A-Cold-Wall* x Converse collaboration, which featured a boot-shaped version of the rubber molded Chuck Taylor, while in 2021 he ditched the sneakers. Aeon Active CX, which were futuristic in design and had a curved sole.
Now Ross has teamed up with Converse to design what are probably their most original pair of kicks yet. The Converse Sponge Crater introduces a disruptive new design for the brand, which is best known for its simple, no-fuss canvas sneakers. The sneakers are a mix of something you might expect to see in Disney+’s Obi Wan Kenobi and an otherworldly pair of kicks that Kanye West and Yeezy have become synonymous with. More rockpool-ready than half-pipe, they feature a spongy rubber liner, under which sits a sock-like CX PU foam footpad.