The Converse CONS One Star is an absolute favorite amongst the skate-community worldwide. I took a closer look and tested the shoes on the streets!
The Converse CONS One Star
Converse can, unlike most other brands, look back on iconic shoe designs since 1908. Many of their classics tend to be perfect for skate-specific relaunches because on one hand, these models have been adapted and worn early by skateboarders in the past and on the other hand, it offers the possibility to improve the shoes with new features, materials and new technology. Proof for this concept to work are the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star inspired CTAS Pro models. Just like the All Star, the Converse CONS One Star was designed as a basketball shoe. Having found support in all other segments of street culture, it naturally reached the skate community. Especially the 90s mark a point of special recommendation for the All Star with Guy Mariano’s Mouse Part only being a small piece of evidence. I wanted to know what the remake of this classic is able to offer and carefully tested the Converse CONS One Star.
Fit & Feeling
“…The insole, being one of the major changes towards the original One Star, was imported from Nike’s running sector.”
The One Star is a flat cut and relatively simple shoe. Nevertheless, it offers great support, especially through it’s well-manufactured heel area and the Lunarlon insole. The insole, being one of the major changes towards the original One Star, was imported from Nike’s running sector. Besides amazing support, the Lunarlon construction offers additional damping which makes the perfect balance between board-feel and safety. The suede upper and the well-known vulc outsole are the main characteristics of the skate shoe and this vulc construction provides perfect grip and flick. The only thing on what these shoes run short a little is breathability. Even though the upper is made from relatively thick leather, the shoe is lacking a spot for air circulation. The fit of the shoe is designed to run slim to the toes and still leaving enough room for your feet. If you want your shoes tight, you should however choose them half a size down.
Durability“…the diamond-like structure avoids abrasions even longer.”
For a simple model with a vulcanized sole, this shoe is surprisingly durable. The manufactured leather is of an amazing quality and lasts outstandingly good. So does the outsole by the way. The outside layer at the toe area shows some innovative design work and the diamond-like structure avoids abrasions even longer. The sole has a relatively deep footprint that lasts long for a vulc edition thanks to the well-balanced gum mixture.
The One Star deserved to be reissued by Converse and besides its retro look, it’s packed with new technology and the Lunarlon insole for a good performance on a skateboard. All in all, the One Star makes a durable flat-cut vulc skate shoe with a lot of grip.