NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (October 25, 2012) – Today, Converse Inc. announces the launch of its Holiday 2012 Missoni for Converse collection. The collection includes the Missoni for Converse Auckland Racer, which first debuted on the Missoni Fall Winter 2012 runway in Milan. The Auckland Racer and Chuck Taylor All Star styles feature Missoni’s signature intarsia knit and are inspired by the brand’s seasonal men’s collection.

Auckland Racer

Originally designed as a running shoe in the 1970’s, the Auckland Racer carries a lineage associated with early pioneers of the jogging movement. The shoe is constructed with black Missoni space-dyed wool and highlighted with pops of metallic copper lamé thread, the result is a three dimensional texture that is reminiscent of Missoni’s iconic knits. The canvas lining and rubber sole maintain the classic style’s sporty heritage while the 100% wool upper is decidedly modern.

Chuck Taylor All Star

The Missoni for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe returns for Holiday 2012 and features a patchwork Missoni knit and premium leather detailing. The bold green canvas lining is mirrored by a subtle pop of green on the shoe’s soles. A premium leather tongue features the Missoni logo and is complemented by the signature Chuck Taylor All Star patch.

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The Missoni for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes will be available on September 28, 2012 and the Auckland Racer will be available October 31, 2012 in limited quantities at Missoni boutiques and select Converse First String retailers globally. All shoes will retail for a MSRP of $200 and will be available in unisex sizing 3 – 13.