Converse’s history in basketball has put them front and center for some of the sports’ most important historical moments. This month, the Boston brand is celebrating that legacy, honoring Earl Lloyd with a special Chuck 70 “Capitols”.

Converse’s classic Chuck Taylor has made a major return to prominence in recent years, retaking its spot as one of the most popular lifestyle sneakers on the market. However, there is still plenty of basketball history that surround the All-Star for Converse to dig into, like their latest release celebrating Earl “Big Cat” Lloyd, the National Basketball League’s first African-American player. On October 31st, 1950, Lloyd suited up for the Washington Capitols in his first ever game, with his Chuck Taylors on his feet. So, to celebrate the momentous occasion, Converse has constructed a special-edition version of the classic sneaker in a custom Capitols colorway. Featuring a black canvas upper, this pair comes with gold eyelets and an NBA Hardwood Classic badge on the side, as well as a strip of woven fabric running around the bottom, similar to the original sidestripes on basketball shorts. The Chuck Taylor’s “license plate” on the heel has also been altered, featuring Earl Lloyd’s name in cursive across the back.


Converse’s special editiomn release of the classic Chuck 70 in honor Earl LLoyd is scheduled to release sometime during the month of March, though no specific date has been announced as of this writing. This elevated version of the Chuck 70 will come with a heightened price tag, coming in at $107, and releasing from both Converse and select retailers. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Converse release news.