First released in 1976 and famously worn by Julius “Dr. J” Irving — as well as Michael Jordan as a freshman at UNC — the Pro Leather became something of an instant classic sneaker model for Converse and was only more heralded over the subsequent years. In the same decade the Pro Leathers were released, they were worn by the United States’ National Basketball Team as Converse was a primary sponsor, and its that connection to international hoops competition that the famed footwear manufacturer is now celebrating with the release of a new white and navy colorway paying homage to the US National Team.
A staple amongst sports lovers, the Leather Pro — which was Converse’s first full-grain leather basketball shoe to sport the now-iconic Star Chevron logo — has been slightly revised for its newest iteration, boasting a number of clear nods to the original model such as an egret suede eye-row and matching midsole, gold foil “Pro Leather” branding emblazoned on the outer sides of the shoe, and an American flag sock-liner. Offered in both Hi and OX versions, Converse’s Pro Leather “Raise Your Game” pack is slated for a global launch on December 21, with pricing set at $100.