words // Brandon Richard
Today, Converse announced that they're honoring the legendary Julius "Dr. J" Erving with a re-release of the sneaker he made famous, the Dr. J Pro Leather. Originally launched in 1976, the iconic Pro Leather ushered in the modern era of basketball footwear. Along with his signature afro, Erving didn't only define style on the court, but off of it as well.
Kicking off the new collection, Converse has re-created the Dr. J Pro Leather in the White/Navy colorway. As part of Converse First String, the shoe is crafted with rich leathers and premium construction. Like the early versions, the shoe sports a clean white base contrasted by a navy-stitched Star-Chevron logo.
“It’s flattering that the Converse Pro Leather shoe, one that has preceded so many other signature shoes, is so widely recognized as the ‘Dr. J’. I have so many memories wearing this shoe and am honored that it has stood the test of time and continues to live on,” said Julius Erving.
Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. Only 168 of the White/Navy version will be available, beginning Friday, August 5. Shoes will retail for ...