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Here's What Happens When Starchitects Design Sneakers

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Over on Dezeen there's a peek at Oscar Niemeyer's new collection for Converse, which consists of five designs modeled on the Brazilian architect's love of the "sensual curve." The Chuck Taylor All Star Hi, shown here, features Niemeyer's scrawled-out poem that translates to:
"It is not the right angle that attracts me, nor the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. What attracts me is the free and sensual curve—the curve that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuous course of its rivers, in the body of the beloved woman." Anyway, sometimes when architects design things other than buildings the results are catastrophic, but the line is rather restrained: it's nothing as utterly uncomfortable-looking or conceptual as architect Rem D. Koolhaas'—nephew to the elder Koolhaas—United Nude shoe line or even as overtly sexy as Glamour girl Zaha Hadid's undulating perfume bottle for Donna Karan. Niemeyer, a modernist master who favors large, glassy, seemingly endless volumes (see Brazil's Palácio do Planalto as an example), stuck to a subtle palette of tan, white, black, and red—quite a deviation from Converse's colorful Marimekko collection. Amazingly, the architect is 104 years old—so no, these kicks aren't just for kids.

· The Oscar Niemeyer Collection for Converse [Dezeen]