In Production: Converse for 3sixteen. October 11 2013

A few weeks ago, we launched our Converse for 3sixteen Indigo-Dyed Chuck Taylor High's as the final Decade Collection release. Each pair of shoes was hand-dyed in Massachusetts days before the official release with the help of the Chuck Taylor global design team. Here are some process photos we snapped along the way.

The shoes are first soaked in soda ash to prepare the fabric to take the dye.

On the first dip, the shoes come out of the indigo vat yellowish-green; as the indigo oxidizes, the color begins to deepen.

 

It takes three separate dips (and subsequent oxidation breaks outside of the vat) to achieve a deep blue color.

 

100 pairs airing out to dry.

Jess' brand new Chucks which started out optic white in the morning.