Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Stellmack’s Custom Converse

Converse Collection
Faculty and students throughout the department may have seen Mark Stellmack’s, fun Converse. Stellmack, PhD, is a teaching professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Stellmack says his love of Converse started as a kid as “they're the right level of comfortable and cool for all-day wear.” Stellmack’s collection ranges from “blue plaid to paisley to snakeskin and my beat-up pair of lawn-mowing shoes (green, of course, because they just get grass-stained anyway).” Perhaps everyone’s favorite pair though is Stellmack’s custom Gopher-colored pair. Stellmack acknowledges the contribution of Heidi Wolff, student support services assistant, who has provided him with “valuable advice on designing some of these shoes.” Heidi's recommendation of a maroon tongue rather than a gold tongue on the Gopher shoes was a crucial contribution to their design. Stellmack notes that Converse “don't last forever though, so I'm always working new pairs into the collection.” When we’re all back in Elliott Hall you can watch for Stellmack’s shoes coming down the hallway, just don't step on his “toes and scuff them up, man!”

Composed by Flora Pollack, communications assistant.