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Vena Cava Makes Kicks for Converse

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    Nitro:licious

    For Converse's 1HUND(RED) artist series, designers Sophia Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava applied their trademark "Havisu" print to an iconic pair of high tops.

    The shoe is now available at The (RED) store at 680 Fifth Avenue, as well as online on converse.com for $75, with ten percent of the net wholesale price going to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

    The print has become the calling card of the Vena Cava gals -- popping up everywhere from their ready-to-wear runway collections to their recent collaboration with Gap -- and has a distinctly Native American-meets-Art Deco-meets-graffiti appeal. According to Nitro:licious, the designers used a simple tool -- a black Sharpie -- to design the limited-edition sneakers, which is apparently embedded with all manner of hidden references to everything from Greta Garbo to Peter Luger and chocolate-covered orange peels. We're especially loving the "Vena Cava" signage up the sneaker's heel.