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Converse One Star: Singapore's Sam Rui and Jasper Tan lead the comeback of the iconic sneakers, once a symbol of rebellion sported by Kurt Cobain

Converse One Star: Singapore's Sam Rui and Jasper Tan lead the comeback of the iconic sneakers, once a symbol of rebellion sported by Kurt Cobain

An uprising

Text: Jolene Khor


The Converse One Star is here to remind us that we're all rebels with a cause

In a country where obedience is a national practice, the rebellious nature of the Converse One Star may feel foreign.

You see, One Star didn't have it easy when it was first introduced in the early '70s. Only a year after it hit shelves, the shoe was yanked from its high ground due to intense competition from other sneaker labels in the market that caught on the rubber sole it introduced. Regardless, One Star wasn't about to be written off. Fighting its way back into the scene, it landed on the right soles on the right time. The late Kurt Cobain, a figure of the alternative in his own right, wore few other footwear during his reign in the '90s. Skateboarder Guy Mariano and Spike Jonze, filmmaker, played their parts in further kicking the underdog shoe back into the limelight for a decade or so.

Some say its second resurgence in 2018 is expedient. As millennials simultaneously embrace individualism and strive for a united voice in our push against the grain for better days ahead, the Converse One Star lends more courage to our moral combat. And so do Singaporean singer-songwriter Sam Rui and filmmaker Jasper Tan who front the local campaign.

Singaporean filmmaker Jasper Tan and musician Sam Rui front the Converse One Star campaign

Converse rounds up this echo of rebellion at #RatedOneStar, a pop-up that will showcase the fall/winter 2018 line-up of One Star sneakers where five new colourways will be introduced via The One Star Carnival Pack — a colourblocking series in Bold Mandarin (top), Enamel Red and Apple Green — and the One Star Vintage Suede range in Black and Field Surplus. Along with the sneakers, a photo gallery specially curated by Rui and Tan hits the message home.

The #RatedOneStar pop-up is open from 12 to 16 September, 10am to 10pm daily at Bugis Junction. The Converse One Star sneakers are available at all Converse boutiques in Singapore.

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