100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Rui Hachimura's first retro sneaker is a Japan-inspired Air Jordan 8
The shoe marks the Washington Wizard player’s fourth Air Jordan collab.
'Westworld' Season 4 release date, cast, trailer, and plot for HBO’s sci-fi series
'Westworld' finally returns with new episodes this year. Here's everything fans should know about 'Westworld' Season 4, from its premiere…
Bob Lanier, basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 73
Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his…
Sneaker Release Trauma is real
All I wanted was this particular pair of Jordans I couldn't have. Of course, a shoe is never just a…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier dies at 73
The eight-time All-Star, who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA's top players of…
FIFA and EA sports are splitting: a look at 30 years of game innovation, and what fans can expect next
EA Sports and FIFA will part ways after almost 30 years of collaboration. This is surprising for a number of…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Lifestyle news:
Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 sneaker is returning soon
The coveted kicks will release in nine distinct variants.
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
Italian Luxury Group Zegna Sees Sales above 2 Bln Euros in Mid-Term
Italy's Zegna is aiming for revenue above 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion) in the medium term, up from the 1.29…
The Essex Serpent: the real myths, folklore and heroines inspired by the county
Enticed by rumours of a mythical creature haunting the Blackwater marshes in Essex, England, recently widowed Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes)…
Cashing In: A Rare 100 Pounds Banknote Found In A Charity Shop Has Sold For Over 170 000 Dollars
Paul Wyman spotted an unusual banknote in a box of donated items and decided to contact an auction house in…
The Problem With Wills
A striking proportion of Americans doesn’t have one. Nontraditional families are left uniquely vulnerable.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Artists organize to offer new visions for tackling climate change
In April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued another report on the dire situation of the planet. The…
It’s primary day in five states
Welcome to the Tuesday, May 17, Brew. 

Converse's Pokémon All Star sneakers are as classic as their characters

By Andrea Carrillo

Converse is paying tribute to the iconic Pokémon franchise once again with four new pairs of All Stars. Although collaborations nodding to kids' shows and cartoons tend to run on the side of overly graphic and jam-packed with details, the upcoming sneaker pack is minimal and draws on only four Pokémon, as opposed to a wider selection in the past.

The sneakers each take after one of four of the most classic Pokémon: Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, and Mewtwo. The color palettes reference back to the respective character’s main shade, with yellow for Pikachu, lavender for Mewtwo, beige for Eevee, and orange for Charizard.

Those who are a fan of subtlety might appreciate the details being kept to a minimum here. A pixelated graphic of each character is stitched on the tongue tag, and the heel displays a profile of the Pokémon with its name, height, weight, and Pokédex number. Eevee and Charizard are referred to as Eiuvui and Lizardon, as the two sneakers will release as Japan exclusives. Converse also pays homage to the series on the hangtags, which resemble a Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, or Master Ball.

Preschool sizing also joins the lineup featuring Pikachu, Eevee, Piplup, and Mew versions. The All Star logos are holographic and change design to mirror the balls on the hangtags. Two glow-in-the-dark sneakers round out the pack, according to Hypebeast, although official images haven’t hit just yet.

Gotta catch ‘em all —

This isn’t the first time Pokémon has lent its name to a sneaker collab, and it’s not even the first to appear on Converse. Fila added the characters to some sneakers of its own, and Adidas followed suit in 2019. The previous Converse iterations played a bit more with the sneakers’ silhouette by incorporating Pikachu’s face into the toe and using more prints in the uppers. Pokémon-themed footwear tends to catch the eye of those who were raised with the series or even want to pass down the traditions to their own families, so full-family sizing is a plus in this case.

The Pokémon Converse will release as a Japan exclusive for about $99, but if you want to catch at least one of the pairs, a proxy service could prevent you from having to pay resale.

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Rui Hachimura's first retro sneaker is a Japan-inspired Air Jordan 8
The shoe marks the Washington Wizard player’s fourth Air Jordan collab.
'Westworld' Season 4 release date, cast, trailer, and plot for HBO’s sci-fi series
'Westworld' finally returns with new episodes this year. Here's everything fans should know about 'Westworld' Season 4, from its premiere…
Bob Lanier, basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 73
Lanier played 14 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds for his…
Sneaker Release Trauma is real
All I wanted was this particular pair of Jordans I couldn't have. Of course, a shoe is never just a…
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier dies at 73
The eight-time All-Star, who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA's top players of…
FIFA and EA sports are splitting: a look at 30 years of game innovation, and what fans can expect next
EA Sports and FIFA will part ways after almost 30 years of collaboration. This is surprising for a number of…
Get all your news in one place