The Converse Pro Leather 2k11 is one of two entries of the brand for the upcoming 2011-12 NBA Season, the other being the Converse Def Con. The 2k11 is highly inspired from one of Converse's pioneer endorsers, Dr. J Julius Erving. This is a good move for the brand to compensate for the lack of big names. Lately, Mavericks guard JJ Barea was spotted sporting one during his stint at the Pan Am games with the Puerto Rican national team.
The Shoe was launched last November 3 at the Cedar lake studios, NYC. The event was attended by the Design team and some of the players of Team Converse.
Like the Converse Weapon Evo and Star Player Evo , The Pro Leather 2k11 is a redesign/ evolution/ update of a classic basketball shoe from 1976. The Original Pro Leather was also worn by the legendary Doctor J. Julius Erving is once again brought back by the brand for this shoe's campaign.
The main body of the shoe is built within 2 different fabrics. The mesh/leather area covers most of the ankle area while a 2 tone metallic leather at the toe area.The dual texture body of the shoe is then divided through the star chevron logo/ brand.
The scheme of blue, silver and white runs over the shoe. As stated earlier, the toe area contains a special 2 tone color with different shades of metallic blue. This would really look good if you'd like to represent JJ Barea's 2011 Championship squad or Dr.J's teams, the Nets and the Sixers.
What is written in the tag.
Several details of the shoe, including detail shots of the balls, star chevron logo, mesh, Dr.J's signature and more.
The transparent sole shows the entirety of the balls cushioning
The Shoe's cushioning relies on its tried and tested CBT or Converse Balls Technology which basically cosists of small rubber made spheres that enables a player to absorb impact and bounce back energy to the feet. Unlike most of the recently released basketball shoes which feature breathable and mesh type fabric, The Pro Leather's mesh features a sort of "breathable cushion" coupled with CONtain technology assisted by an external TPU heel counter that keeps your ankles on a perfect snugly fit.
Converse's Basketball Heritage inspired Star Chevron Branding.
I took the Pro leather on 3 pick up games so far, As I can see, the Pro leather has improved over the recent releases of the brand. It feels a lot cooler than the Weapon evo and less stiff than the sicks. The full CBT technology helps as well in "Feeling" the court.
Price and Availability
Available now at selected Converse outlets and sporting goods stores at at 5,750 php.