Friday, April 21, 2017

Footwear With Style Point of View: Vibram, Keen, ADIDAS x PARLEY

Jun-Inoue Live Painting at Backwoods Gallery
The Asian aesthetic-specifically Japanese - is a very distinct point of view that translates into the visual arts and fashion: it's reflective of nature in its wondrous simplicity and complexity.
With this month's Costume Institute- Metropolitan Museum of Art honoring the Japanese fashion icon Rei Kuwakubo (Commes Des Garçon+Dover Market's leading light) -we found three footwear styles that would pair well with any of her apparel designs-aside from those of her own collab with NIKE...
Vibram's FUROSHIKI Original style-inspired by the Japanese custom of packaging items by wrapping them in cloth- gets some bright print patterns for SS 2017

Vibram's FUROSHIKI $110-A Vibram outsole that cradles the foot-including tippy top toe bumps+ fitting stretch fabric in a wrapped style -snuggly attaches at the ankle with velcro closure. Comes with a traveling case (seen upper right)-great for travelers. Unisex sizing.
UNEEK x PNCA...Spring styles available now-polyester braided cord with nylon core for increased strength  uniquely adapts to shape of foot w/ a lightweight PU midsole, microfiber footbed cover, durable non-marking rubber outsole-razor siped for grip-(or in  leather woven upper)-distinct collab between Portland's Keen and  five artists of Pacific Northwest College of Art-in UNEEK slides (pictured above) and sandal styles. Men's and Women's and kid's sizes available

like the white pops on this UNEEK style-Fall look with secure lace capture system-part sneaker/part sandal



ADIDAS  x PARLEY-a collab with Parley to use plastic debris found in the ocean waters-woven into knit uppers in boathouse pictured above-unisex sized kick with comfort EVA midsole, arch support,  durable ClimaCool outsole, recycled laces. $140 Available MAY 10th-other styles-flip flops, ULTRABOOST X Parley and ULTRABOOST PARLEY runners women/men $200