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Oscar Niemeyer X Converse Sneakers

A new limited edition collection features a design with his handwritten poem and one inspired by his "Torture Never More" monument.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on November 2, 2012.

Converse has launched a new limited edition collection inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer’s work. It features five Converse silhouettes interpreted through Niemeyer’s outspoken architectural vision, which celebrate his rebellious non-linear design ethos and legendary curve.

The collection includes a Chuck Taylor All Star Hi sneaker with an all-over canvas print featuring the architect’s famous handwritten poem about curves. There is also a Chuck Taylor All Star Chukka Boot in natural suede, which was inspired by the monument “Torture Never More”, designed by Niemeyer in 1986. The leather lining features an architectural illustration referencing the social movement “Landless,” further reinforcing Niemeyer’s beliefs. Penny Ericson, vice president of Converse Jack Purcell and Premium, said:

Converse footwear includes some of the most iconic, original and modern designs in history. As one of the great artistic visionaries of our time, Oscar Niemeyer’s work represents those same qualities and we’re excited to help bring that to life with this new collection.

New Political Converse Sneakers From Oscar Niemeyer

The Converse x Oscar Niemeyer collection launched at exclusive retailers across Brazil on October 23rd, with prices ranging from $85-$135, and in unisex sizes 3.5-11.5.

Click through the images below to see all the shoes from the collection.

Oscar Niemeyer collection

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