Back in the day when I was but a little Jaba, I remember running around on the playground in my favorite white Converse high-tops. I guarantee you that the ones I wore back then were nowhere as nice (or expensive) as the new Star Tech high-tops released yesterday as part of the latest collabo between Converse and Japanese designer Ryusaku Hiruma, who has spent the last decade mastering Italian leather-making. According to the press release: “A basketball shoe from decades past, Hiruma artfully crafts the details of the Star Tech shoe using old-world construction techniques. Each individual shoe features beautiful, supple leathers – all hand-stitched from upper and rand to insole. Hiruma gives each shoe leather soles that echo finely made dress shoes, yet with ink-printed logos and trademark detail that give them a playful, comfortable feeling.” The Star Techs are available for $600 a pair at select John Varvatos, Aloha Rag, Concepts, and Blends stores.