What ties Ozzy Osbourne to basketball? A pair of Converse sneakers, of course! Mark your calendars for this is the year when Converse is selling an epic edition of All Stars sneakers: Black Sabbath Converse!
When I think of Black Sabbath, the image of Ozzy Osbourne, the high-heeled Prince of Darkness pops in my mind! I actually had troubles relating that to the flat soled sneakers… But did you know that this is the second collaboration between the Nike-owned footwear company and the legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath?
Converse released an All Stars Converse Black Sabbath sneakers in 2008 with styles inspired by ‘The Masters of Reality’ , ‘We Sold Our Soul for Rock N’ Roll’. Apparently they were such great sellouts that they worked on another collection together to launch in 2014. This time they offer 2 more models, although one is a reissue – the one inspired by Black Sabbath Vol 4. Album.
Ozzy Osbourne actually had his own Converse sneakers designed after his heart in 2009. A more edgy take on the classic canvas All Stars, with multiple leather buckles for a straight jacket look. This is something more suited for Ozzy and his troubled image.
Back to the new Converse Black Sabbath collection which is comprised of five sneakers models, each with its own unique progressive rock personality. Black and Ozzy-era imprints are visible on the sides of the Chuck Taylor All Stars sneakers. Covers of Black Sabbath albums from the 70es were transferred on the sneakers canvas and they could be yours for the usual Converse price ($60 or $70, depending of the model).
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath
with artwork from the Black Sabbath’s first self-titled album. Photographed by Keith MacMillan, the Mapledurham Watermill from Oxfordshire (England) in the backdrop is just as interesting as the mysterious woman dressed in black, allegedly named Louise. Not much is known about her, but her haunting appearance sure fits the dark heavy metal profile of the band!
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Paranoid
just like the name suggests it, this pair is a tribute to the English band’s second studio album, Paranoid (1970). With a cover picture also taken by Keith MacMillan, showing a man with a sword, next to a tree. The exact image is reproduced on the sneakers side panels, just like the first album artwork.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Band
with artwork from the album ‘Never Say Die!’, the band’s last studio album (1978). Originally signed by Hipgnosis & Storm Thorgerson, the photo from the album cover isn’t printed on the sneakers canvas like the first album’s art. Instead we get the stitched logo from the cover and inside lining with black and white pictures of the original Black Sabbath members.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pro Skate Vol. 4
this album officially has two Converse sneakers inspired by its artwork. Whether in hi-top or low-top, this model is only available through skate retailers.
This new collection is occasioned by the North American & Canadian leg of the new Black Sabbath World Tour which is set to change continents after the Hollywood Bowl concert on April 26th. On June 1st, Black Sabbath has a concert in Moscow, Russia after which they’ll be touring through Europe with a final stop on June 29th in Dessel, Belgium at the Graspop Metal Meeting. Be sure to bring your Black Sabbath Converse with you!