V Style: Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Chuck Taylors

The Converse Chuck Taylor has been flipped more times than a Michael Jackson tune, but this might be the best collaboration we’ve ever seen of the original basketball shoe.

Converse brought on New York artist Terrence Koh to contribute to the 1HUND(RED) project, and Koh stripped the high-top down to its design core. The shoes feature a streamlined, all-white leather body that is part ultra-modern, part straight jacket accessory.

“I wanted to keep the DNA of the Chuck Taylor intact, while reducing the seams, and smoothing out the shoe’s surfaces as much as possible,” Koh said of his Spartan design.

As a contributor to 1HUND(RED), a percentage of the net wholesale price of the shoe will go to help fight AIDS in Africa.

The Terence Koh for Converse 1HUND(RED) Artists Chuck Taylor All Star launches Saturday (Nov. 21) and will be available in the United States at Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles as well as select retailers globally. The shoes will be available in sizes 7 – 13. Sorry Shaq. –Adrien Field

(Opening Ceremony, $150)