Come As He Was: Cobain’s Shoes for Converse

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The good news? The new line of Kurt Cobain-inspired Converse sneakers is the first time the late singer’s estate has ever collaborated with a brand. Considering Cobain’s choice of footwear, it’s an appropriate one. The bad news? It’s not in the best of taste. The Nirvana front man was — very famously, in case you’ve forgotten — discovered dead while wearing a pair of Converse sneakers. At the time, the image of Cobain’s splayed feet came to represent the end not only of the singer, but also an era in American music and culture. Now that we fetishize these momentos and totems of rock ‘n’ roll become increasingly untethered from their original contexts (have you been to a Hard Rock Cafe lately?), not to mention musicians who use their celebrity as an opportunity to diversify into different fields to both hedge against their inevitable irrelevance and maximize their media exposure (where are the Kanye West sneakers, we’d like to know), such partnerships are absolutely run-of-the-mill. Thing is, you’d have to be a pretty depressing kid to own a pair of these suckers, we think. And if you’re an adult, clearly there’s a problem. For reference, see Jason Bateman’s character in Juno.

[Via Nirvana Club]

  1. jim says:

    where can i get a pair

  2. Sloane says:

    Seriously. Oh, and you don’t need to be depressed to wear his shoes, even though i’ve been lately. So, anyways whoever is putting their crappy opinion about wearing his shoes on here, you should read his journals just to see how $^+#!$ ed you sound. Jesus!

  3. pavit says:

    is it available outside the US of A also?

  4. JOSH says:

    KURT COBAIN WAS AND STILL IS A MUSIC LEADER TO ME AND TO HAVE A PAIR OF KURT COBAIN BASED SHOES WOULD BE AWSOME HE PROBLEBLY WOULDNT WEAR THEM IF HE WAS STILL ALIVE CAUSE TO ME WANTED TO MAKE MUSIC FOR A CAREER AND THEN LIVE A NORMAL LIFE BUT EVERYONE GETS DEPRESSED SOME TIMES BUT DONT MEAN YOU HAVE TO BE A DEPRESSED PERSON TO WEAR THEM EVERY ONE HAS PROBLEMS

  5. sarah says:

    I am a big fan of nirvana but to me wearing a pear of shoes based on the shoes kurt wore when he killed himself is kinda scary.Suicide is a very dark thing and i would rather remember such a great artist by there music not by there death.

  6. vanderson rodrigues sousa says:

    quero comprar este tênis!!!

  7. Arkiya says:

    Kurt was god to many people, but he was not famous for his shoes. pas enghadr kos-sher nagin.

  8. Matt c says:

    i would where there them

  9. Tanner says:

    Just because he wore them when he died doesnt mean its weird to want these shoes, many people have died whilst wearing shoes it doesn’t matter, why do people care about the brand of shoes he happened to be wearing, also nobody knows what shoes anyone else was wearing when they died, so why do we car. His shoes didn’t make his music Kurt made Kurt’s music the shoes were only a symbol.

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  12. mike says:

    who the #@&%%# wrote this, I WANT those shoes where do you buy them.

  13. elizabeth says:

    i own a pair of these shoes their awesome and i feel lucky to have these. their high tops

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