A few months ago, Turnstile—the Grammy-nominated, genre-defying hardcore band—was in the studio in the quartet’s hometown of Baltimore. There was an extra air of excitement on this particular day, and it had nothing to do with music. The group had just received the first finished samples of their signature sneakers with Converse. “We were eating lunch while thoroughly inspecting every inch of the shoes and freaking out,” recalled guitarist Pat McCrory. The band had been tapped to give their flip on two iconic Converse silhouettes—the Chuck 70 and the One Star Pro—and after months of work, they had finally arrived.
Inspired by the dreamy, Schauss-pink cover art from 2021’s Glow On—the LP that propelled the band further into the mainstream—each sneaker feels like a Turnstile song for your feet. The band’s spin on the Chuck 70 features a black monochromatic silhouette, off-black translucent details, and a reflective printed graphic. It’s sleek, simple, and delightfully to the point. The One Star design, meanwhile, sings a little louder: the white leather base is offset by a pair of glitter-filled pink stars and embossed song lyrics on the sole. When the sneakers were finally released last week, the band’s fans were surprised and delighted—even if the collaboration was a long time coming.
“We’ve had friends at Converse for a long time now. Even in our early days of touring, they would send a box before our trip to make sure we had shoes for the road,” said Brendan Yates, the band’s vocalist. “Doing one of our own was always a fun what-if thing that eventually became a reality. A full circle moment for us.”
The lineage of Chuck Taylors in punk rock—or any other genre of loud and brash music, for that manner—runs deep. (Think Sid Vicious, Kurt Cobain, and Patti Smith, to name a few.) The sneaker is as intertwined with the lore of the Ramones as skinny jeans and beat-up leather jackets. Everyone from influential designer Jonathan Anderson to Japanese streetwear legend Hiroshi Fujiwara has rendered their own takes on the iconic silhouette in recent years. Turnstile feels tailor made to meet this moment, with a combination of punk ethos and personal style that only comes around once in a generation. After all, this is the band who showed up at last year’s Grammys in everything from a vintage Bad Brains tee and Supreme to Virgil Abloh-designed Louis Vuitton and Our Legacy. It takes a confident group to color outside the lines of what is expected of a hardcore band—and do it time and time again.