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anything that tickles my fancy...raises my eyebrow..or just plain silly!!
  Let your vote speak for your feet!!
The judging process has been modified slightly. Instead of choosing one design from each category, we can now vote for the 5 top designs from both categories i.e amateur and professional categories. There are 20 designs from each category to choose from. CLICK HERE to view the designs.

My thoughts on a few I’ve seen:

The ‘I look cheap’ award: amateur category 



I am not feeling the competition details on the logo at all! This design looks like one of those ‘knock-off/fong kongs’ you see on street corners and I wouldn’t expect to pay more than R100.00 for this pair. The orange colour on the design seems like an afterthought.

The cute but not inclusive award: professional category 





It’s very aesthetically appealing but it seems to be targeting a certain market- under 15s or the female population. You can tell that the designer put so much into this and it has this calming effect on me. What is has in beauty it lacks in cross-over appeal which is what converse’s always been about.





I love this design but if I’m living in any other city but Joburg, I wouldn’t want to rock this pair. It says streetwise, urban, hip and captures the vibrancy of the city but all this could be lost on someone who’s never been to Joburg. I would buy it though.


The taken too far award: professional category



That detail about the competition on the logo doesn’t have to be there. Nna, I prefer to play pacman on my computer or a gaming arcade. Nuff said!




I am patriotic and I know the national anthem! That’s the message I’m getting here. I guess the designer wanted a truly South African design and we all know the national flag colours look good on the flag and nowhere else. I can’t dress this up and that’s a major All-Star appeal for me. It is attention grabbing though!


I hope you win award: professional category


Minus the competition details, I luurrrve this! The X-ray detail is brilliant!!!!!!!!




Clean lines, looks well worn in by default and there isn’t too much detail on it, just like a shoe should be. This would convert me to a Chuck Taylor fan. 




Simplicity combined with the traditional all star feel. Maybe the text can be removed and people can make out of the symbols what they will. In another colour but white, I’d definitely buy it.


The thing with this competition is that for once South Africans can wear a pair of shoes that’s uniquely “Mzantsiesque” mara I don’t want to feel like I’m the only person in the planet that would wear that shoe. So I really hope the judges look at the cross-over appeal more so than the “saleability/sellability” of the winning design.

Gotta give mad props to those people that got off their butts to create something that got the Converse peeps excited about Converse all over again. Mad props to the designers that created something for me to write about seeing as I failed so dismally at colouring in my “stars and circles” design and mad props to a fellow blogger for being the dopest person around!

If you want to see your favourite design in store shelves, please VOTE for it. You don’t want to become one of those people that do nothing and then want to complain about the outcome. Like the 46664 campaign, IT’S IN YOUR HANDS!

Go to http://www.converse-sa.co.za  or 
http://www.converseblog.co.za  to cast your vote.

Replies: 34
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Reply from: Toodecent Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:15 AM
Sure Tox, pity I have never had an All Star as I dont like them but the ones on pic 4 and 7 rock me. Will vote nje.
Reply from: carino Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:20 AM
I lahv the X-ray one..
Reply from: Firstdvd Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:22 AM
I'll also go with the No.7 though im not into all star!
Reply from: Nonny Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:23 AM
Tox, u know this is not my kind of thing, but these ones are so stylish, I am *almost* temptered!!!!
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:25 AM
TDC, go ahead and vote bofsssss!

Wish i had designed it Carino...
Reply from: Renegade Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:25 AM
Tsho, the Xray one is getting my vote...wow!
Reply from: Nonny Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:26 AM
I like no.2......actually I LOVE it!!!!
Reply from: Molilo Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:27 AM
The x-ray does it 4 me even thought i am not an All star kinda person
Reply from: belz Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:30 AM
X Ray!!! yho yu must neva, im voting for this one, i've even thot about what im going to wear with it, otherwise the rest ngumbhedo nje.
Reply from: Renegade Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:31 AM
I just went on their website to vote,and I hate having to register before voting, but since i like the xray one so much, i decided to register. BUT alas, the CAPTCHA thing does not show on my pc, so i cant register!
Reply from: tha - bang Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:38 AM
i love the joburg one.i would rockit anyway even in maputo.people might chase with pangas trying to do direvenge attack.it'll be worth it.
the xray ones are cool too but they look too much like something batman would wear.is that black stuff lycra or rubber hehehehe.
i love the pac man one too.they are so 80's and im a proud 80's kid.i'd even rock the first pair they have that mtv -icecream/ama kip kip irrelevance to them that is cute
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:38 AM
Nonny, if u dont rock a pair before the end of the year, i'm gettin u one for your birthday, nomakanjani!
Reply from: Hlehle Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:42 AM
I'll go for 4 & 7 its a must.
Reply from: Nonny Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:43 AM
OK, I am voting for the x-ray one, it is off the hook!!!

"Nonny, if u dont rock a pair before the end of the year, i'm gettin u one for your birthday, nomakanjani!"
Tox, I am kinda getting convinced to buy a pair, but ke believe me, I will redefine the entire "All Star" mentality khona izongifanela........LOL
Reply from: Cnglemother Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:52 AM
not my cuppatea but wow the xray one is awesome! i will vote & they better do em in toddler size as well.
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:59 AM
Tjo, i am surprised people love the pacman one.....hmm!
Reply from: andi01 Wednesday, July 23, 2008 03:59 AM
Number 7, will be my christmas present fo shizi ma nizi, and it has to be in leather
Reply from: andi01 Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:00 AM
NUMBER 7 HAS TO BE MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT, FO SHIZI MA NIZZI'S (IN LEATHER),
Reply from: Nonny Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:06 AM
Ok Andi01, my friend we can see No.7 ukushaya ding dong fo sho!!!!
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:09 AM

Rene, what's CAPTCHA?
Tha-bang....i have a problem with ama kip-kip so i can't see the appeal u're referring to (w.r. the 1st design)
Cngle, vota wena and u can then tell them abt toddler sizes
Andi01, i saw a leather pair in Sandton the other day in a design almost similar to number 7..

Reply from: carino Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:18 AM
I think I like the last one as well... Its one of those things... You can tell what the designer was thinking and that its very clever... just that they werent sure how to communicate it.... I like the whole "Above the Earth" thing, with the drawings... I can almost tell the kind of person the designer is...
Reply from: andi01 Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:38 AM
Andi01, i saw a leather pair in Sandton the other day in a design almost similar to number 7..   kebokae
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:41 AM
Nkare ke wena tje Carino....
Reply from: Renegade Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:44 AM
Rene, what's CAPTCHA?
Tox, you know when you register on a site, and they ask you to type some letters they have there so they can verify that you are indeed an authentic person and not a malicious program? Well, on that site, they call it CAPTCHA, it was also the first time i'd heard o fthe word in that context. Haven't  you registered? It should have asked you for the same thing shouldn't it?
Reply from: carino Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:49 AM
Nkare ke wena tje Carino....

you lost me there, Tox...

Reply from: Shadow Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:52 AM
I would definitely rock 3, 6 & 7....luv them.
Reply from: tha - bang Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:52 AM
ha the first design has an mtv feel. very now and irrelevant.reminds me of the fanta ads.how they do their imaging.i'd buy that too.im just too lazy to register and vote.
Reply from: carino Wednesday, July 23, 2008 04:57 AM
Haai, Nkosi sikelela is waaayyy too much... Too democratic, i'd never wear that!
Reply from: molibelis Wednesday, July 23, 2008 05:12 AM
Ao bathong ba Modimo,i replyed to this article,last time i saw it but Now,PLC guys dont come with ur voet voet nonsence mane,i want my reply,this is for the second time,PLC help find my reply,i will reward the founder.
Reply from: Shadow Wednesday, July 23, 2008 05:13 AM
I would recommend design 5 to Julius Malema and company.........
Reply from: Cnglemother Wednesday, July 23, 2008 05:18 AM
Andi01, i saw a leather pair in Sandton the other day in a design almost similar to number 7.. esportscene to be exact on the window display and i thought of u toxy.
Reply from: ratogal Wednesday, July 23, 2008 05:31 AM
X-ray one is realy rocking!!! I would not think twice to buy it........
Reply from: Toxic Wednesday, July 23, 2008 06:11 AM
Carino, i meant you sound like you designed it.
Rene, oh i get what you mean. I registered a while back though.
Molibelis..CTFD
Shadow...LOL!
Cngle.......iyo leyo!!!!!!
Reply from: carino Wednesday, July 23, 2008 06:42 AM
ohhhh..  i suppose i'm slow...
 





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