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Khalifa's line puts some Wiz in your sneaker step

| Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Wiz Khalifa Converse x Collection made their debut in stores Aug. 23.
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs at the LA Premiere of the 'Fast & Furious 6' at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Universal City, Calif.
Justin Merriman | Tribune-Review
Wiz Khalifa Converse x Collection made their debut in stores on Aug. 23.

Put a little beat in your step along with Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa.

The newly released line — Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa Collection by Converse tennis shoes — was released Aug. 23. The shoes are available at select Foot Locker stores and www.footlocker.com. In Pittsburgh, we found them at the Downtown location.

The well-known rapper's shoe line features 12 new styles inspired by the artist's rebellious and fashion-forward style. The collaboration marks Khalifa's first footwear collection and celebrates the artist's eye for bold details and subtle luxury. The collection incorporates several accents, including the Wiz Khalifa collection signature logo tab on each design, while staying true to the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette.

Colors include red, turquoise, blue and black. Low-tops come in black and gray. Prices range from $60 to $85.

“I've always gravitated toward Converse because of how solid the brand is. It's clean and it's classic,” he says on the Foot Locker website. “I was excited to collaborate with the team at Converse because I felt they really got my individual style and vision. The sneakers in my collection are dope and I'm excited to share them with my fans.”

It's not surprising he chose Chuck Taylors. His record label is Taylor Gang Records. His use of the word Taylor hails from the high school he attended — Taylor Allderdice — which is where his longtime affinity for Chuck Taylor sneakers began.

Khalifa went to Twitter to get the word out. He created a hashtag of #Gotmyownshoe.

On Aug. 22, he tweeted: “My shoe comes out tomorrow!!! I can't believe this (expletive) man this is more than a dream come true. I never even dreamed of nothing like this.”

On Aug. 23, Khalifa tweeted: “My converse came out today! Holy (expletive)!!! Someone send me a pic of the shoe in Footlocker plz!!!”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jharrop@tribweb.com or 412-320-7889.

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