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Converse releasing Super Mario 25th Anniversary sneakers

Collecting designer shoes is a hobby reserved for people with money and fashion; two things I'm relatively low on these days. Regardless, there's bound to be some video game fashionistas with a few extra bucks kicking around, so perhaps there is a market for these special edition Super Mario Chuck Taylor Hi shoes from Converse after all.

A collaboration between Nintendo and Converse Japan, the shoes were designed to celebrate Super Mario's 25th Anniversary – albeit a few months late. The sneakers feature an 8-bit Mario in a variety of famous poses, and an invincibility star in place of Converse's iconic logo. They are available in black or white, making them perfect for formal dinners or a jaunty day at the beach.

Unfortunately, the Super Mario kicks will only be available in Japan when they are released this July. In the event Converse Japan doesn't open them up to western orders, there's always the chance of acquiring them via online auctions or through the grace of your Japanese friends. Assuming you have Japanese friends. And money. Fashion doesn't hurt, either.

[Source: Shoe Master via Brand Channel]

Apr 29, 2011

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10 comments

  • LumberjackBoz - April 30, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    So much hate on these shoes. I think they look pretty cool.
  • bmrskate - April 29, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    Question....Umm....What exactly is fashionable about these shoes? Not only are they gaudy as hell, but the whole Mario boner clothing fad is getting really tired. Plus, Chuck Taylors are about as functional as a car with no wheels trying to climb an icy mountain with just you to push the chassis all the way up....with fucking CHUCK TAYLORS ON! I'll stick to my heavy duty Vans Half Cabs and Adidas Sambas. And none of the pansy cheapo knockoffs either, mind you!
  • sirdilznik - April 29, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Pretty awesome Chuck Taylors but I not everyone could pull off wearing those. I certainly couldn't, I'd look even fuglier than I look already.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 29, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    Blech. I honestly think those look awful. :P
  • 510BrotherPanda - April 29, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    That looks gross; mackshizzle's idea sounds better. It would seem tricky to match an outfit to something like this. Japanese people in Japan are weird...
  • rabidpotatochip - April 29, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    Those shoes look like Miyamoto vomited on them.
  • rufnux - April 29, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    What hipster faggotry is this?
  • mackshizzle - April 29, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    They are not very attractive. It would have been cooler if they used Mario and Luigi's pallet colors for several parts of the shoe, like the sides would be red and the bumper would be brown etc
  • Kordocwaffle - April 29, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    I want. Jammy bastards for not letting us westerners got our hands on them.
  • Redeater - April 29, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    Awesome....but they sure are ugly.

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