Star marks the spot. Credit: Craig McDean

Since 2009, Converse and Play Comme des Garcons have been teaming up to create cult sneakers, which have seen many experimental and playful iterations that boldly combine their distinct identities. Throughout the 13 years they’ve been co-designing kicks, the focus has always been on popular models like the Chuck Taylor and Chuck 70. Now scratch that.

For the latest drop, out now in stores like Comme des Garcons at Voco Orchard and Dover Street Market Singapore, the two brands are making their mark on another silhouette: the One Star. The style had its roots as the Leather All Star basketball shoes in 1974 but was later renamed to its current moniker in 1993 for its signature cut-out star. It was also during the decade that icons such as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and skate legend Guy Mariano co-opted the model as a part of their laidback grunge wardrobes.

Credit:Craig McDean

This is the first time Converse and Play Comme des Garcons are working with the One Star model since their collaboration started in 2009.

In their latest collab, the well-known red heart lies beside the One Star’s cut-out star and across the shoe’s clean pinstripes, suspending the sneakers’ neat silhouette just enough to look fun and bold, yet classic and everyday. To keep these motifs the highlights of the design, the shoe uppers are rendered in either black or white cotton canvas.

Well played, we say.