An easier way to Converse with the makers of Chucks

After more than a century, Malden-originated Converse is only now opening its first dedicated retail location. Where else? Boston! Newbury Street, to be precise — on the funky end near Mass. Ave., which is perfect placement for the student population that haunts the area.

Walking through the door, shoppers might be a little surprised to see no footwear. Instead, the shop — formerly G-Star (high-end denim) and before that Allston Beat, which also sold Converse — presents stylish, casual separates: slinky raincoats with sneaker-style rivet detailing and sleek, asymmetric  hoodies for girls; subtle check shirts and wool three-quarter coats for men; T-shirts that name-check Boston neighborhoods as well as top-of-the-line jeans for all.

Because most shoppers visit for sneakers, not clothes, the second floor houses the Converse main event: There’s Chuck Taylor All-Stars, a design that dates back to the 1930s; Jack Purcells, another classic at around 78 years old; the One Star, introduced in the mid-1970s (not the budget One Star sold only at Target); the new high-performance Evo; the Star Chevron; a Euro-centric slim collection; and the John Varvatos designs with a “rock” edge.

Among the bare-brick wall is a rogues’ gallery of hipsters wearing Converse, which features a black-and-white portrait of James Dean in his Jack Purcells, looking utterly contemporary.

Pimping out your kicks

Sneaker pimps are in heaven on the store’s second floor where you can custom design your own sneaks. Choose from hundreds of graphics, which can be ink-jet printed onto the canvas and “baked.” Do you have what it takes to rock a pair of sneakers that say “Southie” on them? If that’s not enough of a commitment, echo the design on a T-shirt or bag, too. The process takes 30 minutes or so, but private hourly appointments are available for more lavish custom
designs.  METRO


Turkey: Voting begins in country's first direct presidential…

Some 53 million people are able to vote in the election, including 2.8 million citizens abroad. Until now, Turkish presidents were elected by parliament.


Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…


Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking


Susan Sarandon likes doing drugs in the outdoors

Susan Sarandon got very, very candid about her feelings on drug use during an interview with the Daily Beast.


Chris Martin dishes on 'conscious uncoupling' with Gwyneth…

"The thing we told everyone at the beginning of the year is true," says Chris Martin about Gwyneth Paltrow. "We are very close. We are not together."


'Game of Thrones' livens up Comic Con with…

By Piya Sinha-RoySAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Laughter and death did battle on Friday at HBO's "Game of Thrones" panel at Comic Con, one of the…


Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.


Kevin Love becomes third NBA player to pull…

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves became the third NBA player to withdraw from consideration for Team USA in next month's World Cup, USA Basketball.

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.


Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.


2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings


Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.


Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.


Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.


Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.