As the footwear equivalent of a BIG MAC from a MICHELIN-star chef, this week CONVERSE launches a hand-made sports shoe in collaboration with RYUSAKU HIRUMA, a.k.a SAK, a very friendly Japanese gentleman who lives and works as a traditional shoemaker in Florence. He makes all his shoes totally by himself; he’s a manic perfectionist who can’t stand mistakes or flaws, not by himself let alone by an intern or assistant. “Indeed, quite a few shoes end up in the garbage bin,” he said a few weeks ago during a visit to his studio in Florence. The two styles he has made for CONVERSE, the ONE STAR 74 and the JACK PURCELL, do look really nice, and come packed in equally nice wrapping paper and handmade cardboard box, also produced by SAK. The shoemaker confessed that all this hasn’t left him with much time to enjoy his hobby: race cycling in the Tuscan hills.