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Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2009 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
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Converse Transition - Finnish Line Exclusive entry price point performance hoops shoe
Converse Transition - Finnish Line Exclusive entry price point performance hoops shoe
Converse Transition
Converse
Converse
Converse
Converse
Converse
Converse Wade Team Clutch - From the Commercial video shoot.
Converse Switch Proposal
Converse Switch Proposal
Converse Switch Proposal
Court Classic - Proposal rendering
Court Classic - Proposal rendering
Court Classic - Proposal rendering
Converse 0101
Converse 0101
Converse 0101
Converse 0101
Converse 0101
Converse 0101
Converse 0101
Converse 0101 - evolution sketch
Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2009 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2009 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2009 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2009 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2009 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
Converse Weapon Evo - A reinterpretation of the original Converse Weapon from 1984, the EVO mixes a more classic basketball upper on a modern technical chassis. The EVO is the first product to use the Converse Balls cushioning system which was developed for this model. It is also the first performance basketball model to return to the Star Chevron logo. In 2008 this new design direction, technology, and branding spreads to the rest of the collection.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the Band Of Ballers Converse Weapon EVO launch even in NYC featuring Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Pac Div, Diplo and more.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the Band Of Ballers Converse Weapon EVO launch even in NYC featuring Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Pac Div, Diplo and more.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the Band Of Ballers Converse Weapon EVO launch even in NYC featuring Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Pac Div, Diplo and more.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the Band Of Ballers Converse Weapon EVO launch even in NYC featuring Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Pac Div, Diplo and more.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the Band Of Ballers Converse Weapon EVO launch even in NYC featuring Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Pac Div, Diplo and more.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the Band Of Ballers Converse Weapon EVO launch even in NYC featuring Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Pac Div, Diplo and more.
Converse Weapon EVO - Photos from the from page of Converse.com launching the weapon EVO. Limited edition Energy Colorway by Dana Woulfe.
Converse Weapon EVO - Detail of the Converse Weapon EVO, launched August 2009
Converse Weapon EVO - Detail of the Converse Weapon EVO, launched August 2009
Converse Weapon EVO - Detail of the Converse Weapon EVO, launched August 2009
Converse Weapon EVO - Detail of the Converse Weapon EVO, launched August 2009
Converse Weapon EVO - Detail of the Converse Weapon EVO, launched August 2009
Converse Weapon EVO - Early sketches from the design process.
Converse Weapon EVO - Early sketches from the design process.
Converse Weapon EVO - Early sketches from the design process.
Converse Weapon EVO - Early sketches from the design process.
Converse Weapon EVO - Early sketches from the design process.
Converse Weapon EVO - Inline Colorway
Converse Weapon EVO - Inline Colorway
Converse Weapon EVO - Inline Colorway
Converse Weapon EVO - Inline Colorway
Converse Weapon EVO - Inline Colorway
Converse Weapon EVO - Outsole view showing broken hairing bone, heel cushioning balls, cored midfoot and forefoot flex zone.
Converse Clutch 2
Converse D1 Lace
Converse Cross Over
Converse Sicks
CX 350
Skipper
Converse Sicks Lineage - A variety of vintage products that inspired the Sicks.
Weapon EVO
Weapon EVO
Weapon EVO
Weapon EVO
Weapon EVO
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks
Converse Sicks - Tooling and colorways with Brian Kutsch. Developed with Alex Alpert and Jim Chute.
Design Direction > Converse Basketball Fall 10 - Fall 10 season of Converse Basketball. Team, Damion Silver, Brian Kutsch, Dana Woulfe and Tim Liles. Vision for advance cushioning technology development, new performance product, new lifestyle models and carry over color ups.
Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch
Early concept sketch
Converse One Star Seeker - One of the last shoes I did with the Converse One Star team. The larger collection was around a theme of American Road Trip
One Star Seeker
Converse One Star Seeker - Snapshot of some of the ideas explored through early rough sketches
Converse One Star Seeker - Final rendering
Converse PRODUCT(RED) 2011
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Comments (195)
  • ive always liked the Weapon Evos, great to hoop and hangout in

    8 years ago

  • Amazing quality of work!, I really like your sketch on the evolution of a shoe.

    8 years ago

  • Do you know Mike Hobbs? I went to school with him.

    8 years ago

  • Great stuff. Love the concept work.

    8 years ago

  • Thanks John.

    8 years ago

  • hmmm... i saw this for the first time i think about a month ago... i thought it had a DiTullo style to it.. i was sort of confused seing a Nike outsole in a Converse shoe... Nice work man!! looking forward to more cool Converse kicks!

    12 years ago

  • Great model Michael !! It makes me remember the All Star 2000 Basketball model I've had ten years ago... Cheers, FRed

    12 years ago

  • Classic MDT footwear design - great stuff!

    12 years ago

  • Nice render and color scheme!

    12 years ago

  • sweet!!

    12 years ago

  • Sweet.

    12 years ago

  • Clean and slick Mike!

    12 years ago

  • I really like the open strapped heel support and "floating" side flaps - another fresh and innovative design Mr Di T!

    12 years ago

  • WOW!

    12 years ago

  • reminds me of Apple..

    12 years ago

  • ohhh my god.... great man...

    12 years ago

  • Awesome!

    12 years ago

  • This is really nice man.

    12 years ago

  • Great sketches Michael. I assume these are the preliminary sketches for the Wade Slash.

    12 years ago

  • is this the converse that dwayne wade use in china 2008?? awesome...

    12 years ago

  • retro look.. love it!!

    12 years ago

  • Another cool sketch Mike - top work!

    12 years ago

  • Thanks everyone!

    12 years ago

  • lovely

    12 years ago

  • angelic!

    12 years ago

  • I would wear this.

    12 years ago

  • Cool behind the scenes image.

    12 years ago

  • Nice and clean.

    12 years ago

  • Sweet!

    12 years ago

  • That's a nice converse!

    12 years ago

  • I like the way you draw

    12 years ago

  • awesome,...super awesome!!!

    11 years ago

  • Very Nice

    11 years ago

  • insane!!!have to say it once again!

    11 years ago

  • Thats madness...

    11 years ago

  • Thanks guys, sometimes you just have to put in a little extra time for the love of it.

    11 years ago

  • Man, I love your sketch style. Beautiful work!

    11 years ago

  • Thanks man, this is one of the limited colorways, I think less than 300 pairs, so jump on it if you want them.

    11 years ago

  • Thank you. This was an incredibly fun project, and it shows through in the sketches.

    11 years ago

  • Nice work Mike!I like the way how you have shown the evolution,moreover an awesome render to complement the concept!...Also love the concept of the break in the outsole in the forefoot section

    11 years ago

  • Hot sketch!nice lines,and also love the way your sketch communicates,simple but yet self explanatory

    11 years ago

  • awesome shot!

    11 years ago

  • In the converse balls technology what are the balls made off?

    11 years ago

  • awesome presentation, subtle

    11 years ago

  • Hot!

    11 years ago

  • I love ur style and read it were you said you used to sketch 10hrs per day before some 10years...That inspired me a lot....

    11 years ago

  • Great work! Weapon is back with Cutting-edge technology! I luv them especially Lakers color. I'm so curious about cons' icon tech. Yeah! Maybe I'll buy it!

    11 years ago

  • They are made from a Polly Urethane compound. The unique thing is the geometry. By using the spheres we are removing material to make the shoe lighter, but placing cushioning strategically around the calcaneus.

    11 years ago

  • Thank you. No substitute, for practice!

    11 years ago

  • Wow!Thats is a fresh concept indeed!Nice work Michael!

    11 years ago

  • good work!

    11 years ago

  • Definitely an eye catchy shot!

    11 years ago

  • Great sketch page Mike!! Yaa Hoooo!!

    11 years ago

  • Love this! The women figure progression is hilarious.

    11 years ago

  • The evolution sketches are from Raymond Loewy, classic stuff...

    11 years ago

  • Nice graphical elements here.

    11 years ago

  • Nice!

    11 years ago

  • Liking the upper a lot!nice work Mike!

    11 years ago

  • Nice!

    11 years ago

  • Awesome sketch and render!

    11 years ago

  • These are damn nice!

    11 years ago

  • I mean I like the attention to detial,the colorway,nice stitchlines!

    11 years ago

  • like the upper mesh combo.... very cool looking result...

    11 years ago

  • so kool

    11 years ago

  • I do love this shoe to... very good man

    11 years ago

  • nice material and texture feel! and awesome background too!! I'm sooo gonna steal that from you lol

    11 years ago

  • cool color combo! I've just invented the 3 C's!!! awesomeee

    11 years ago

  • this is hard...classic,but hard...luv'it

    11 years ago

  • yeah i like it:)

    11 years ago

  • Hot work Mike!Loving the TPU detail which runs all over the upper and then goes back to the heel section.The render too is terrific!

    11 years ago

  • Thanks, it is a helpful way to think.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks, a little Old vs New.

    11 years ago

  • guess it wont make it to indonesia huh? what a shame.. still, guess cant afford it... lol anyways, one great shoe!! luv it!

    11 years ago

  • I like the modern look and aggressive shape of this one...you could use circle logo for modern line and chevron logo for retro inspired products...;D

    11 years ago

  • MAD

    11 years ago

  • :) lovely work...

    11 years ago

  • Thanks, this early sketch evolved into the Wade Team Clutch, but I always loved this early option.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks, a super simple low cost white leather shoe, but a great opportunity to take advantage of "free" details and craft it a bit.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks Joe. Professional doodling.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks Mike. Had to do it in all the classic colors!

    11 years ago

  • Thanks all.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks. Kind of an old school meets new school thing.

    11 years ago

  • Really nice concept detailing

    11 years ago

  • looks great!

    11 years ago

  • Thanks. Fun little hybrid idea using a heritage outsole, a pretty traditional toe-down, but then with a very modern collar.

    11 years ago

  • sweet image!

    11 years ago

  • awesome shoe Mike...I´d buy it!

    11 years ago

  • very nice photo

    11 years ago

  • NIIIIICE

    11 years ago

  • SO NICE

    11 years ago

  • Thanks guys.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks, I often start project out with pages like this, more doodles than sketches. I might build a page over a day while researching, or off site... instead of being at my desk trying to sketch it out perfectly.

    11 years ago

  • Thanks guys.

    11 years ago

  • Love this sketch page

    11 years ago

  • I am impresed all of Your works! Congratulations!

    11 years ago

  • Thank you.

    11 years ago

  • these are great! look like samples I take it? when can a buy a pair...

    10 years ago

  • nice Mike...nice!

    10 years ago

  • Awesome!

    10 years ago

  • Love the outsole!

    10 years ago

  • funky!

    10 years ago

  • Nice to see the hexagon theme in the sketch, then executed in the model. cool

    10 years ago

  • nice and clean...love it

    10 years ago

  • Are these little rascals for Bowling? They will get swiped by a lot of frisky junior high kids.... ;)

    10 years ago

  • Don't forget the gentleman on the left DJ A-Trak, the kid is a legend

    10 years ago

  • Impressive catch Ricky!

    10 years ago

  • is it a render____

    10 years ago

  • Actually it is a R photograph

    10 years ago

  • niiiice

    10 years ago

  • Love it!Drool!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, kind of a slip on CVO for summer time...

    10 years ago

  • stylish....

    10 years ago

  • those are cleaaan!!

    10 years ago

  • Sweet indeed....cooool use of texture.....

    10 years ago

  • What can I say? Great as usual!

    10 years ago

  • some other colors: http://www.bkrw.com/news/converse-sicks.html

    10 years ago

  • siickk!!

    10 years ago

  • crazy

    10 years ago

  • Definitely fresh!

    10 years ago

  • loved the translucent outsole! great 2 tone shoelace as well.

    10 years ago

  • nice!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, I was trying to play with the language that came from historical product without referencing any single model in particular...

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, this is one of those products that looks better in person as well!

    10 years ago

  • nice representation!.It shows the gradual transformation from its parent to its present form.

    10 years ago

  • This one definitely has sole!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, I was happy with how this turned out. It was the first cushioning technology I worked on, and designing the platform and the shoe in tandem on a tight timeline was challenging.

    10 years ago

  • No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to find the Navy Weapons anywhere. Any inside information Michael?

    10 years ago

  • Navy always goes first!

    10 years ago

  • Very animated!

    10 years ago

  • luv the concept!!!!, what softwares did use for this one?

    10 years ago

  • Nice

    10 years ago

  • this is so nice Mike!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, I do love this sketch! The final is more like the red sketch though...

    10 years ago

  • Great studies Mike - really cool artworks!

    10 years ago

  • Sheer Awesomeness! Spectacular detailing!

    10 years ago

  • very good work, shadow and glow perfect, congratulations...

    10 years ago

  • Perfect......

    10 years ago

  • Nice contrast stitching!

    10 years ago

  • @ Joe, ha, no, they were designed around the NBA dress code which was new at the time. Essentially a low profile sneaker on more of a dress shoe last that could be worn with pants... @Michael, thanks, a little blue contrasting stitching is a crowd pleaser ;-)

    10 years ago

  • Wow great design. I'd rock em.

    10 years ago

  • holyshiiiiiiiiiit,how to deal with the material!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks guys. This was the last BBall shoe I did at Converse and my favorite.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, I tend to work a lot at this loose level. Quick enough to generate efficiently and think through multiple concepts at the same time, tight enough to show the brass.

    10 years ago

  • Hi Michael where are you at right now? send me your update via my e-mail if you will...cheers man.

    10 years ago

  • it is a very cool sneaker. I see a lot of various influences that makes it very relevant, like, in mutation, as the footwear world is...

    10 years ago

  • Thanks, it is important to show.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks Frank, I'm creative Director @ frog design now.

    10 years ago

  • very fresh! i need a pair

    10 years ago

  • awsm... love it !!!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks Matt. Easily my favorite performance BBall shoe I worked on from a wearability standpoint.

    10 years ago

  • nice shoe, love the out sole upper looks great , nice mix

    10 years ago

  • Sweet textures Michael - are these the real product or renders?

    10 years ago

  • They are real products. Hard to tell these days.

    10 years ago

  • i like this style!!!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks everyone. When I do these, I sketch up 5-10 concepts and then render up the entire batch at the same time. It is efficientthat way an the reaction from clients is always pretty amazing when they see hand sketches. It somehow feels more personal to them I think.

    10 years ago

  • OOO!cool!

    10 years ago

  • i love the silhouette..

    10 years ago

  • i always love hand drawing.. :) nice

    10 years ago

  • hehhe nice way of presentation .. good job!

    10 years ago

  • this is my favorite model from converse basketball.. also the color ways.. great job Michael!

    10 years ago

  • Nice sketch Michael -keep it up!

    10 years ago

  • Awesome exploration Mike!

    10 years ago

  • Neat work! Like the execution of the highlights using the pencil! Very effective!Nice colorway too

    10 years ago

  • I particularly like the use of more ridged reinforcing accents. Great sketching.

    10 years ago

  • Very Nice Detail Work!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks. This was a fun little 2 week project I did for the CEO with a small team of 4 designers. These were some of my doodles to get them going in the first few days of the program. This was maybe early 2009. Marker, ballpoint, white pencil, white chalk on bond paper. I think the top green one and the white one would have been nice shoes.

    10 years ago

  • Thanks. This was an overlay for Brian Kutsch, the lead designer on the Star Player Evo, to help show him a few suggestions I had. He didn't take them and I think the shoe was better for it ;-) . The final product which is out now is pretty great.

    10 years ago

  • Hot sketch and Nice colorway!

    10 years ago

  • Really awesome work!

    10 years ago

  • Thanks man, was just a quick doodle off the cuff. I think it would be cool though.

    10 years ago

  • Hello Michael - awesome rendering. I was just wondering as a design student...that, do you think it is more interesting to see hand sketches as a portfolio piece rather than computer rendering?

    9 years ago

  • Thank you. Dongwoo, I think the important thing is to show the idea with clarity and efficiency in a way that is compelling to the viewer. How you do that doesn't quite matter.

    9 years ago

  • Thanks fellas

    9 years ago

  • Thanks everyone. One of my faves, done with then intern, now Nike designer Ashley Payne.

    9 years ago

  • Michael, It would have been pretty sweet to have you as a Design Director when I did my 1st internship at Converse back in 2005...Your work is inspirational...:)

    9 years ago

  • These are very nice shoe sketches. Did any of these make it into production?

    9 years ago

  • Nice render Michael...loving dirty finish effect...and very trendy...

    9 years ago

  • Thanks Francisco!

    9 years ago

  • awesome, really love the simplicity of the design!

    9 years ago

  • mike, i finally have this colorway!! in 2011..... but, that worth the wait.. but i'm a bit upset with the outsole, i played in it for a couple of times and the outsole on the medial, particularly under the toe, peeled and also the rubber on the lateral with "converse" written on it. but overall its a great shoe!! one of the most comfy i've ever played in ^^ great work!!

    9 years ago

  • one awesome sketch!!

    9 years ago

  • is this one different with the black-red one? because the detail in it a bit different.

    9 years ago

  • Thanks. I believe if you do it right, you don't need a lot of bells and whistles. A performance shoe should be a solid, authenticly crafted shoe.

    9 years ago

  • This was an earlier prototype, much closer to my original design intent. The more expensive leather holds the shape of the last much better, an the outsole/midsole unit is a tad sleeker with a touch more sculpting and a feemak stitch in the back.

    9 years ago

  • Thank you

    9 years ago

  • Thanks Palina

    9 years ago

  • This looks like a Jamie Hewlett (gorillaz) sketch! Nice linework Mike!

    9 years ago

  • Thanks Joe.

    9 years ago

  • Thanks fellas. This actually went forward further than I expected before it was deemed to radical. I always loved the sketch though. The simple, flat bottom, injection foam midsole, coupled with the crazy open/high upper I think is a nice juxtaposition.

    9 years ago

  • Thank you.

    9 years ago

  • Thanks, it's funny, I see a guy who frequents the same coffee spot as I do wearing these all the time. Always fun to see.

    9 years ago

  • Great page! A wonderful expolration page I must add!

    9 years ago

  • Thank you Yuta.

    9 years ago

  • Great structure and detail Michael.

    8 years ago

  • This is my favourite sketch of yours, Michael - love the red and white

    8 years ago

  • Thanks John.

    8 years ago

  • Great stuff. Love the concept work.

    8 years ago

  • Do you know Mike Hobbs? I went to school with him.

    8 years ago

  • Amazing quality of work!, I really like your sketch on the evolution of a shoe.

    8 years ago

  • ive always liked the Weapon Evos, great to hoop and hangout in

    8 years ago

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Award winning design leader. Former Nike and frog design director.... Portland, OR