Mario-themed Chucks stomp on good taste, but we don’t care

8-bit tribute paid in court-shoe form

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Here's Last Level, one of the Mario-themed sets of kicks released by Converse in collaboration with Nintendo. As you can see, the ankle folds down to switch between %26ldquo;Mario vs Bowser%26rdquo; and %26ldquo;Mario and Princess Toadstool%26rdquo; tableaux. It%26rsquo;s storytelling in shoe form, or perhaps just footwear's attempt at a flipbook. The Level 1 shoe, meanwhile, depicts midgets stomping on living mushrooms and/or collecting floating coins: things whose real-world likelihood is, frankly, higher than that of any dedicated sneaker-pimp actually wearing these ornate exemplars of the sweatshop cobbler's art.

They'll be available at Nike retailers from August, while a simpler pattern, the All Over, goes on sale next month. What do you make of them?

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