Black Sabbath, Converse Kick-Off New Line of Sneakers

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  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Black Sabbath, Converse Kick-Off New Line of Sneakers

    Converse has just announced a Black Sabbath collection based on its classic Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker design, which may be more of a brilliantly synergistic marketing concept than anyone could have ever guessed. A quick look at the lives of Chuck Taylor and Ozzy Osborne would seem to bear this out.

    Metalheads, ironic or un-ironic hipsters, wannabe hessians and others now have their choice of four different Black Sabbath kicks: artwork from the band's grainy self-titled 1970 debut featuring the Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire, England complete with a stitched Black Sabbath tongue; another based on Sabbath's second release "Paranoid" with that album's phased-out image of a man wielding a sword (an allusion to the album's original title "War Pigs"); a sneaker based on the band's last studio album "Never Say Die!' with an interior liner featuring classic black and white images of the original line-up; and another featuring an embroidered logo from Black Sabbath’s 4th studio album “Vol. 4” with a graphic of Ozzy from that album's cover.

    All of which is fine and well, but one has to wonder what Chuck Taylor, the shoe's namesake and basketball player responsible for the most the successful selling basketball shoe in history, would think of the partnership especially in light of Ozzy Osbourne notorious behavior. This includes his well-documented battles with substance abuse, biting heads off winged creatures and urinating on national monuments among many other transgressions.

    Meanwhile, Chuck Taylor, who was born in 1901 in Azalia, Indiana, on first blush, would seem to have little in common with the "madman." In 1921, according to the Basketball Hall of Fame site, Taylor "hobbled into a Converse Chicago sales office complaining of sore feet and persuaded executives to create a shoe especially for basketball. Taylor, who was a two-time All-State selection at Columbus High School and a journeyman jump shooter for eleven professional seasons, was an entrepreneur and involved in all facets of basketball promotion." All of which would seem to have nothing in common with Ozzy's rather loutish behavior.

    But according to a Blogspot entry by Abe Aamidor, who authored "Chuck Taylor Allstar: The True Story of the Man Behind the Most Famous Athletic Show in History," Chuck Taylor also had a "dark side." Taylor allegedly claimed he was a "veteran of the 'World Champion' Original Celtics from New York City and the 'Olympic champion' Buffalo Germans. He was neither, but the myth helped sell shoes." And in 1957, Mr. Taylor, supposedly "put on a basketball clinic at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., then ran off the with the athletic director’s wife. 'He had women everywhere,' said long-time associate Joe Dean, retired athletic director at Louisiana State University."

    Though most will never know the historical context of the Chuck Taylor-Black Sabbath branding partnership, ultimately, all that really matters, is how damn cool these sneakers look.





  2. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    No sabbath, bloody sabbath? That was the first cover I had in mind when I read the topic.
  3. Thisguy


    Sep 28, 2013
    Abilene TX
    Well, time to hurt the wallet some more. I feel I must own the whole collection.
  4. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I will get me some of them for sure.
  5. Fairies wear Boots ...
  6. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    Cool! It looks like I also need a few more pair of sneakers.
  7. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Very cool. I'd buy a pair if they make them in low cuts.

    Vans did the same thing a few years ago with Iron Maiden, KISS, Mastadon, Ramones.
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I would have thought those were very cool ... back in 1972 when I was 17.
  9. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I have a feeling your age group is not Converse's target demographic for this particular product line.
  10. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
  11. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Vol 4 Album cover re-produced backwards - fail!
  12. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Sharon must be laughing all the way to the bank.
    I wonder how much of a cut the other members of Black Sabbath (without whom Ozzy would never have had a career at all) are going to receive. I'm guessing slim to none.
  13. Octavio


    Sep 15, 2011
    Hawaii Kai
    Speaking of Sabbath, I never listened to the "13" album which came out last year. I read one review, which was mixed. What do you who have heard the album think of it?
  14. I don't know that I am much of a Black Sabbath fan, but I do like 13 a lot.
  15. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    compared to the old stuff it is seriously lacking, but there are some really cool bass and guitar riffs. it's almost like hearing old black sabbath in slow motion.
  16. letsrumble


    May 23, 2010
  17. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    sabbath is selling to a very young crowd right now. i had my old volume 4 shirt on in the mall the other day and had a half dozen kids ask me where i got it. i am glad to see 21 year olds into sabbath because i play in a sabbath tribute band. i gave them all our card.