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These Anime Sneaker Collabs Are Taking Over Major Labels

'One Piece' and 'Gundam' are the latest titles to join 'Dragon Ball Z' in receiving an epic shoe tribute
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jan 16, 2018
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There's a new fad in town: designers and brands are suddenly coming out with their own anime-themed kicks. And it's not only the small players, major labels are also openly welcoming the year with collaborations that cater to otakus. It's a good thing these sneaker tributes are so well thought out that one would actually lace up a pair even if they weren't familiar with these popular animated shows. One thing's for sure—footwear fashion is embracing its inner geek and we're loving it!

Check out these new anime-charged sneakers:

adidas Originals x Dragon Ball Z

Following the leak of the Frieza and Cell pairs, the rest of the collection is inspired by Majin Buu (Kamanda), Goku (ZX 500 RM), Gohan (Derrupt), Vegeta (Ultra Tech), and Shenron (EQT Mid ADV).

Basically, each design is rendered in the color scheme of its respective character. Except for the dragon one, all models will be released in twos—referring to iconic DBZ battles—and with a special figurine, according to Yeezy Mafia.

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Release date: Fall 2018


Skechers Korea x One Piece

It's good to be a fan of the pirate anime in Asia, where its collab with the lifestyle brand will get an exclusive release—the D'Lites 2 Sweet Monster in Luffy, Chopper, Sanji, Zoro, Law and Doflamingo sillhouettes. Every shoe, which has a corresponding Jolly Roger printed on the tongue, reportedly comes with a custom box and suprise gift.

Release date: January 18

Nike Air Max 98 'Gundam'

In time for the classic style's 20th anniversary, the Swoosh brand is set to reissue the original colorway that matches the lead mecha's paint job in the sci-fi series. The price point of this release is said to be at around $160 (P8,000).

Release date: January 18


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