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Rick Owens Distorts the Converse Weapon

August 17, 2021 - Twenty years ago, Rick Owens viewed sneakers as “pedestrian, suburban banality.” Then he started going to the gym. He started considering how to make sneakers more him. With the Converse x DRKSHDW TURBOWPN, the classic 1986 Converse Weapon is reframed. The vibe is pure Owens.

Exaggerating both the upper and tooling, his signature touch augments the familiar lines (the Y-bar and heel cap) and the shoe is made bombastic. “When I discovered how powerful just oversizing something a little bit was, which I've done with a lot of my clothes, that became one of my tools,” Owens says.

The shoe features an elongated tongue, mirroring the TURBODRK Chuck 70. The Weapon’s outsole is nearly doubled in the TURBOWPN, forming a platform-like stance. Within, the TURBOWPN houses a CX foam drop-in and subtly reinforced toe box.

Another Owens signature is the inclusion of his DRKSHDW iconography. “One of the main things that I think it suggests is empathy and consideration of systems of living that might not be standard,” he says.

The launch black colorway reflects the Weapon’s original debut, and underscores Owens’ approach to contemporary luxury.

The Converse x DRKSHDW TURBOWPN releases August 31 at converse.com, RickOwens.eu, Rick Owens shops and select retailers.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Black on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 29, 2016 - Upon its release in 1991, the Air Max BW was an immediate hit with distance runners. Since then, the striking silhouette has been a favorite of club kids worldwide.

Retooled for lightweight comfort, the Air Max BW Ultra arrives in Enamel Green on March 3 at Nike.com.

February 12, 2016 - The Nike Flyknit Racer returns in one of its original colorways: Blue Cactus, which celebrates Abdi Abdirahman, the first marathoner to qualify for the games in the shoe.

February 09, 2016 - The Kobe Mentality 2 — featuring a Flyweave upper and full-length Lunarlon midsole — is now available in fierce purple/black/university gold.

February 08, 2016 - The Kobe Mentality 2 — featuring a Flyweave upper and full-length Lunarlon midsole — is now available in white/wolf grey/black.

February 04, 2016 - The Michigan State University Spartans will add these special KOBE 11 Elite PEs to their rotation through March Madness.

February 03, 2016 - The University of Kentucky's special KOBE 11 Elite PEs will soon take to the court.

February 02, 2016 - Duke University will play upcoming games in these special KOBE 11 Elite PEs.

February 01, 2016 - These special KOBE 11 Elite PEs for University of Oregon extend the Ducks' footwear options leading into March Madness.