The problem with awarding “shoe of the year” in October, is that there’s still a couple months left to go, and someone might sneak in and drop something ridiculous just in time for the Winter months. And that’s exactly what Undercover’s, Jun Takahashi and Nike just did with this “Gaiter Boot” from their NikeLab Gyakusou collection.
“As an avid runner and founder of Japanese brand Undercover Jun Takahashi brings rare brilliance to the world of running. The NikeLab Gyakusou collection focuses his rebellious attitude and aesthetic through the lens of Nike innovation. Meaning running in reverse in Japanese Gyakusou is designed to help free the mind to focus on your stride.” – Sneakerboy
I can honestly say, and I know I also speak for a few other designers I’ve had convos with over the past 24hrs, that this shoe totally caught me by surprise. In a very good way. The tooling is aggressive and chunky (yet not clunky), with a vibrant upper that features a super interesting zipped closure and beautiful details throughout.
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