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After the Chuck Taylor received the full Dark Lord treatment, the pioneer of glunge recontextualises another icon of the court, transforming the Weapon into the TURBOWPN. When Converse first launched the Weapon in 1986 its heavily padded upper and the stabilising “Y-bar” made it an instant classic. Before being worn by practically every baller in the league beyond Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird starred in the iconic “Choose Your Weapon” commercial, which saw the two greats play one-on-one wearing the sneaker in their own Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics colours. The campaign would go on to include Isiah Thomas, Bernard King, Kevin McCale, and Mark Aguirre – each getting their own colour variant to match their teams’ uniforms. While the recent CX line-up saw the Weapon return with a completely revamped sole, Rick Owens pushes its possibilities further with a design that sits at the intersection of classic hoops style and modern fashion, bringing the rebellious edge of DRKSHDW boots to the truly iconic high top.
In a collision of worlds, key features of this collaborative premium leather upper laced high top include signature DRKSHDW elongated tongue with custom branded wrap around woven label, an exaggerated foam moulded toe and oversized Weapon tooling with signature DRKSHDW sawtooth outsole. CX foam internal midsole and CX foam sockliner. The pentagram collaboration logo – which provoked an overblown overreaction which saw the first drop described as Satan Sneaker by some religious groups – appears on the lateral quarter and sole. Choose your weapon, choose TURBOWPN.