Ah, conversation. Classic high-top tennis shoes were an athletic staple in the early twentieth century and a punk rock staple since the movement became a hit in the 70s. Once again, Converse High Top must have shoes for brand appeal.
However, Converse may be more of a benign corporation than its progressive, nonconformist branding, especially after allegations surfaced that it mimicked the design of someone applying for its internship program. High top in question? An incredibly popular line from Chuck known as the “Hybrid World”, Converse claimed it was based on a mixture of the physical and digital realities of every day.
That said, the designs are incredibly similar. Did Converse cheat the girl applying for one of her internships? Lace your high tops and jump in!
Cecilia Monge is a ticketmaker who is fond of designing and making things. Currently, her Instagram is filled with her own masks and fashion designs. However, she appeared on the radar on social media when she posted a ticket to her application for a Converse design program – and described how Converse reportedly had a line of high-tops based on national parks Broke his design for.
He said, “I thought I should show initiative and create my own line of dialogue to show them, if they hired me I could be successful in the role, which is a common thing in design roles” , Explaining how she presented her high designs at the top of the company to show her what she really wanted the role to be, and what she was made of as a designer.
Lo and behold – it is May 2021 and Converse has just rolled out the high tops that look incredibly similar to Monge’s Grand Canyon and Yellowstone’s high top designs.
At first, Mongé suspected that the designs were exact copies. After all, Converse is a huge corporation. Since she did not write back even after applying for an internship, she suspected that they broke her high top designs. However, the uniform gradient colors and stripes were too difficult for her friends and family to remember. He inspired Mongé to write Converse himself.
After listening to the company’s hesitation, she moved on to Ticktok. “He did not assign an interview project or asked us to draw a line for ‘national parks’,” Monge said. She explained to her followers, “I came up with 100% design and concept and sent it in good faith.”
“The color palette is exactly the same… According to the order of colors and the actual colors of the colors. Look at yellow and green. It’s the same color. I don’t think it’s a coincidence, and it’s unfortunate when big companies make small designers. Borrow from, ”she said.
Apparently, everyone else saw similarities, which led to mongé tons of clicks. “My tiktok got 800K likes and 2.8 million views within 4 hours”, she said. His original TickTalk was shared by @diet_prada, giving his story even more traction.
In fact, Monge’s video garnered so much attention, Converse had to come down from his high tower, and it issued the following statement:
“In November 2019, the candidate applied for a Converse internship for the 2020 summer program – a highly competitive program, which receives thousands of applications every year. He was not hired for any role or his Screening was not done. The application did not include a request, nor did Converse ask for the submission of the design portfolio / samples. ” He further stated that they do not share the portfolio of applicants for legal reasons.
Converse further stated that his designs were based on weather maps of nor’easters and not national parks. He also revealed that his design was initially drafted in April 2019! “The great outdoors and, in particular, national parks, serve as inspiration for the various color palettes, which were implemented in Chuck 70, Chuck Taylor All Star and many executions in costumes.”
It seems as though Monge’s original Ticktock has disappeared from the Internet. Do you think Converse broke her high top designs? Or do you think the designs are so simple (wavy lines in different colors), that two people might have come up with the same idea? Tell us in the comments!