And then theres Superstar Dog Hachiko. Here, the “superstar” part goes as much to the Adidas design that has actually been around because 1970 and the dog Hachiko whose statue has actually ended up being the symbol of Shibuya. The history of Hachiko who kept waiting for his master, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, at Shibuya station every day for nine years after Uenos death has actually ended up being legendary (also the topic of two movies, one in Japan and one in the United States), so Adidas collaborated with Harajuku-founded streetwear company Atmos for a pair of special sneakers with a red fawn furry body resembling that of an Akita Inu (Hachikos type), the address of the statue printed on their external edge, silver-colored plates with the Adidas logo design on their tongues, and a charming image of Hachiko with the phrase “You make Shibuya” printed on their insole.
There are often times, however, that the end products are truly amazing, even for somebody like me who wouldnt purchase the specific shoes: the creativity and workmanship that goes into some of these styles are actually spectacular and proof to that is the truth that even multinational giants like Adidas or Nike are prepared to support the visions of Japanese developers. The Nike SB Dunk High Gundam Banshee/Unicorn: paying tribute to one of Japans anime cultures most popular franchises, the giant robots/mecha Gundam, and specifically its sub-thread Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, these 2 designs bear the colors of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (white with black, yellow and red accents) and the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee (black with red and gold accents). And as for the ISPA Drifter Split Indigo, even if you dont share my borderline fetish for indigo– based as much on rock and roll denims as on classical Japanese martial arts practice clothes– the work the craftspeople at Buaisu have actually done with these shoes is amazing.
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If the SB Dunk High Gundam are the future, the ISPA Drifter Split Indigo, are the deep past. In the case of the Drifter Split Indigo, the idea was to utilize earth-friendly materials like hemp and suede for the primary body, cork for the outsoles, and two components from Japans cloth-making custom: split toes that point to the tabi socks worn with kimono and an aizome (indigo) color dye done by hand in the Buaisu factory in Shikoku islands Tokushima Prefecture– aizome has actually been part of Tokushimas culture for about 800 years.
The Nike SB Dunk High Gundam Banshee/Unicorn: paying homage to one of Japans anime cultures most popular franchises, the giant robots/mecha Gundam, and especially its sub-thread Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, these two designs bear the colors of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam (white with black, red and yellow accents) and the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee (black with red and gold accents). In real Gundam style, the Nike swoosh logo can be velcro-ed in and out and interchanged with a version that looks like the horns on the head of the two mecha. They both come with sticker labels you can utilize any way you like and with 4 different colors of laces for each design if that isnt sufficient customization.
One of the things that impresses me in Japan is peoples unusual relationship to shoes. How can it be there are so unbelievably numerous shoe stores, with so immeasurably many styles in so constantly lots of variations all over Tokyo?