Less is more, at least according to A-Cold-Wall* and Converse. The two brands extend their partnership with the Sponge Crater, a foam sneaker that emphasizes comfort and reducing design complexity. Unlike Adidas Yeezy’s offerings – some of the hottest foam shoes available – the Sponge Crater features a knit component.
Step into the future — Conceptualized by Samuel Ross, founder of A-Cold-Wall*, the shoe adopts an atypical contemporary aesthetic while maintaining the latest functionalities of Converse technology. Its orange flat-knit upper, which resembles a built-in sock, emphasizes breathability, as its spandex collar and gray pull tabs make it easy to put on and take off. The upper is protected by a mule fit shell made of Crater and CX foam, materials that help add comfort and texture to the new silhouette.
Underfoot, CX foam expands to create a plush sole. Nodding to the sneaker’s namesake, the chunky sole features a texture similar to meteors or raw concrete, the latter of which is a recurring theme in A-Cold-Wall* designs. An egg crate style outsole adds traction to the sneaker.
Without laces or obvious Converse branding, it’s hard to tell the Sponge Crater is one of the brand’s offerings. Converse graphics only appear on the shoe’s insoles, and even then they’ve been simplified to match the minimalist aesthetic of the upper. A-Cold-Wall* branding sits on the lateral side of the sneaker’s midsole in the same orange hue as the knit upper.
Soon to walk on the moon — London-based artist Kam-BU stars in the Sponge Crater launch campaign, as does model Eva Apio. Like the shoe itself, the campaign takes on a futuristic feel and sees the two creatives wearing the Sponge Crater on a minimal yet experimental ensemble.
The Converse x A-Cold-Wall * Sponge Crater is set to debut on June 23, when pairs become available on the Converse websitethe A-Cold-Wall Site*, and at select retailers. Pricing for the funky sneakers has yet to be announced, but you can expect them to sell for around the $160 price tag that came with their previous counterpart, the Aeon Active CX. The price might seem steep for foam sneakers — especially when Yeezy is selling for half that price — but trust that you won’t be getting into something similar anytime soon.