The fashion season can always be counted on to deliver some major surprises, but in a move that probably no one saw coming, behold the Onitsuka Tiger x Valentino Garavani collection — the capsule of limited edition sneakers between the Japanese sneaker titan and Maison Valentino.
Revealed at the Italian house’s Fall 2020 menswear show, the Onitsuka Tiger x Valentino Garavani collection comes after the former’s surprise collaboration with Givenchy last year, and sees creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli putting his spin on the iconic Mexico 66 SD shoes.
One of the Japanese brand’s most renowned creations (worn by Uma Thurman in Kill Bill no less), the sneakers made its debut in the lead-up to the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico (hence the name) and quickly gained popularity for its lightweight, ergonomic, and versatile design.
More than half a century later, Piccioli reimagines the shoes in four eye-catching shades – fluorescent yellow, hot pink, neon orange, and white – as a nod to the importance of colour in the language of Valentino for the Onitsuka Tiger x Valentino Garavani collection.
The dramatic ‘V’ emblem of the Italian fashion house is hand-printed over the signature Tiger stripes in black, while the special co-branded logo appears on the tongue and inside.
Boasting superior cushioning in the midsole and a slip-resistant outsole, this new model is sure to delight trendsetters, sneakerheads, and athletes alike.
Launching on the 17 July 2020 online, the Onitsuka Tiger x Valentino Garavani collection will available in select Valentino boutiques around the world and on the brand’s site itself. An edition in the Japanese brand’s emblematic tricolour tones of white, red and blue will also be available at select Onitsuka Tiger stores and online — 48 limited pairs are going to be available in the Singapore Ngee Ann City Onitsuka Tiger store.
This story first appeared on L’officiel Singapore.