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Converse is back with an all new First String sneaker, the CONS Engineered Auckland Racer.

Offering a stylish update on a classic silhouette, modernized with an innovative Engineered Canvas Jacquard fabric that creatively reimagines the heritage Converse canvas. Featuring a one-piece upper construction of canvas fabric, woven with sophisticated, intricate patterns seamlessly integrated into one cohesive design for a slim, lightweight feel. This unique fabrication expresses multiple patterns with differing weave structures to highlight the refined jacquard technique.

The innovative engineered texture incorporates three weave patterns in one. Standard, twill and basket weaves complement the streamlined silhouette with a skeleton lining that keeps the sneaker ultra-light. A marbled rubber sock liner adds a shock of graphic contrast to the inside. They also include waxed round laces with reflective threading detailing, as well as an additional matching tonal lace. A speckled midsole and semi-transparent rubber outsole complete the look.

Five colorways are set to drop during their initial launch, including pairs inspired by Americana and bright coastal colors that invoke summer travel. The 'Mint Leaf' and 'Fiery Red'  pairs will be available at select Converse retail stores as well as Bodega, Juice and Patta on Friday, August 15. The red, white and navy blue pairs will be available exclusively at select Converse retailers on Friday, August 22. Retail is set at, $120.


Converse CONS Engineered Auckland Racer 'Mint Leaf'


Converse CONS Engineered Auckland Racer 'Fiery Red'


Converse CONS Engineered Auckland Racer 'Red'


Converse CONS Engineered Auckland Racer 'Navy'


Converse CONS Engineered Auckland Racer 'White'