Converse will launch two new Super Mario-themed sneakers for no less than ¥20,000 (roughly $200) in late August in Japan, with Bowser and Mario on them. The stars in Super Mario games match Converse's 'All Star' brand after all.
Before Air Jordan, Converse was the top brand on the basketball court, singularly identified with Julius Erving since his ABA days. The only way I'd have a bigger shoe-gasm watching this video is if Dr. J set those kicks down on a red-white-and-blue ball, and the camera raised up to reveal a New York Nets uniform.
Even if the design of the actual shoe isn't to your liking, the Converse x Nintendo limited edition sneakers released for Mario's (belated) 25th anniversary have one thing going for them: a great box.
Joel: I honestly cannot see what makes this Converse watch "Video game-inspired"
Fahey: Well it's got....um. There's the... I got nothing.
Totilo: Dr. Mario!
Joel: That's about it maybe.
Totilo: also, the red and white on the right is clearly an abstract version of fireball Mario from Super Mario Bros
Converse's "The Canvas Experiment" was just that: take a 4m x 5m canvas, put 480 pairs of Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers on it then play a game of Space Invaders.