Maison Martin Margiela's much-talked-about collaboration with Converse recasts the shoe brand's classic kicks with a bit of the French fashion house's avant-garde styling.
The partnership takes Converse's timeless shoes (the Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops and the Jack Purcell sneakers, to be exact) and covers them in a coat of white paint. Over time, the paint is supposed to chip off to expose one of four colors (white, black, blue, or red) underneath. Both shoes will be available this month and will retail for $200.
"The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling," the house said in a statement, "a sort of poetry. With the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself."