Wet and wild in Shanghai
Wearing a pair of Converse through rough-and-tumble Shanghai should be a walk in the park, right?
thing about Shanghai, or most places in China, is that the pedestrian signals are just guidelines. The green man doesn’t cloak you in the invulnerability of the law; it provides the fool’s notion of safety. Green does not indicate go. It means: “Look both ways when you cross… OMIGODWATCHOUTFORTHATCAR.” The vehicles in China care not one whit about your safety or presence. When they spy a human being traversing the seemingly wide expanse of tarmac between sidewalks, they see a challenge.
So you do that half-run, half-walk. You amble like a confused deer as a Jaguar hurtles dangerously towards you, so close that you can see its hood ornament glower menacingly. You want to avoid being hit, the impact of steel on soft flesh. You want to keep the insides and the blood in, where they belong, instead of pouring out onto your pristine shoes.
I needn’t worry though. If I should happen to bleed out, the water-repellent footwear that I’m wearing will see that O positive slide right off.
At least, that’s what I’m banking on during my stay in Shanghai to test out Converse’s Counter Climate Collection. My feet are clad in a white Chuck All Star II model with black vertical trim on the back of the high-top quarter; the lining within is a bright orange, the sort of colour you’d see on warning signs or a hunter’s jacket. The same colour appears on the laces’ aglets as well.
The upper is coated with a waterrepellent 18oz Shield Canvas. That’s the star of the show, touted to be