I ordered a pair of kicks free of charge from converse.ca. This was a result of when sneakerhead friends hook up other sneakerhead friends. In my case, it was hardie_girl on Instagram who sent me a DM asking if I wanted to use one of the codes she received from Converse in celebration of their e-commerce site launch in Canada. Obviously, I said yes immediately. So big thanks to her! I have never received free sneakers before. Also props to Converse Canada for that cool promo, it’s a good way to generate buzz on their new website by giving back to sneakers fans.
Converse already makes some affordable, stylish shoes. Having a free code, I wanted to make sure to get the coolest pair. The collab with Undefeated on their One Star model was the first thing that came to mind.
Undefeated is back with a great collaboration on one of Converse’s benchmark silhouettes. The One Star gets a premium hairy suede upper, with a rubber midsole that keeps the iconic blue and red pin-stripped colours all around the shoe.
The classic star logo is a cut-out which reveals a mesh underlay in the same tone of olive. You’ll find the star on both the lateral and medial sides.
The pair came laced up with olive laces, but I immediately switched them to the off-white laces that came in extra. I find it gives it an extra clean, and crisp look.
I absolutely love the red soles. They remind me of Louboutins.
Inlining the shoes is a soft leather of the same olive hue.
On the heels, you’ll find the branding written vertically. And finally the Undefeated iconic logo is stamped on the tongues, giving this collaboration between the LA-based company and Converse a nice finishing touch.
Fit & Comfort
I was lucky to have found one last pair on converse.ca that was in half a size smaller than my true size. I took a chance and ordered without hesitation. When I put them on upon receiving the order, they were perfect. There was still a bit of room length-wise, but the width was perfect. Anything smaller would be too tight.
So these fit big. Order half a size smaller. You could maybe get away with a full size down if you have narrow feet. They’re quite comfortable. The insoles that these came in are perfect.
The one thing I don’t like is how hard it can be sometimes to slip on these shoes, especially if you’re the type of person who don’t undo the shoe laces.
What’s better than affordable footwear is getting them for free. It doesn’t mean I will not love them like I would love some of the grails I have worked hard on purchasing. I found myself wearing these One Star Ox 2 days straight while running errands and hanging out. Undefeated did a great job giving this classic Converse silhouette a bit of twist.
Once again, thank you to @hardie_girl for giving me the promo code. If you don’t know who she is, go follow her on Instagram, you’ll never know what pair of heat she’ll post next.
UNDEFEATED x Converse One Star OX
Colours: Capulet Olive/High Risk Red
Style #: 158894C-371
Released: May 9, 2017
Price: $140 CAD (follow KickDealsCa for special deals & discount codes)