This street style mainstay we can’t live without is probably already in your wardrobe

This street style “repeat offender” is a classic for a reason.

Whether it’s New Zealand or New York, there’s one shoe that shows up at fashion week season after season in the front row, in street style photographs and even on the runway. It’s not a teetering stiletto, it’s not even the resurrected kitten heel (although, you will still see a lot of those). It’s a classic and to be honest, you probably already have it in your wardrobe.

Yes, it’s a Converse sneaker, the shoe that you’ve been wearing your entire life and turn to time and time again for maximum comfort levels as well as easy style.

Why are Converse so universally loved by musicians, fashion peeps, sports people and well, everyone else in the world? They’re timeless for one, and even when fashion trends change or your own style evolves, Converse are there alongside you; as easily paired with dressy dresses or leather pants as they are with low key denim or flirty summer frocks.

When it came to NZ Fashion Week 2019, the Fashion Quarterly team all had their #InMyConverse moment – when you’re on your feet all day, moving from show to show and back and forth from the fashion week tents to the office, you need a shoe that is going to be reliably comfortable and team with any outfit change you make. They’re the shoe of NZ Fashion Week for a reason guys. Converse knows they’re a fashion week favourite too, and called out some of the country’s biggest Converse fans to give a ‘Hall of Fame’ moment to outside the NZ Fashion Week venue (including us!)

We were lucky enough to turn to Converse’s latest two iterations of sneakers, the Converse VLTG and Converse ERX, which have been reimagined from 90s basketball silhouettes, as well as the classic Chuck 70 (which you will always spot on the feet of front row attendees and the who’s who of New Zealand’s fashion scene).

Dresses, skirts or trousers – there’s nothing a pair of Converse can’t work with as Team Fashion Quarterly shows below.

Fashion Quarterly fashion director Sally-Ann Mullin wears her Converse VLTG Mission V 2 high tops in white with a Maggie Marilyn dress and pants, Marle jumper and Yu Mei handbag.

Fashion Quarterly creative director Marcel Gull wears his Converse ERX 260 low tops with Acne Studios jacket, t-shirt and pants.


Fashion Quarterly digital editor Kelly McAuliffe wears her Converse Chuck 70 low tops in white with a Maggie Marilyn dress, Harman Grubisa shirt and Danse Lente handbag.


Fashion Quarterly editor Zoe Walker Ahwa wears her Converse Chuck 70 low tops in black with a Maggie Marilyn blouse, Prada skirt and Georgia Jay handbag.


This article is brought to you in partnership with Converse. These Converse styles are available now from, Converse St Lukes, Converse Manukau, Converse Sylvia Park and selected retailers across the country.