If you’re on the hunt for super cool sneakers, Japan’s your place. While you can often find limited-edition kicks from the likes of Nike and Adidas, there are also special releases from local sneaker brands you should put on your list. Hiroshima-based shoe company Spingle is one to know, and they’ve just released a special collaboration sneaker with Camino, an eco-friendly material producer, whose Ongaeshi Project aims to give back to nature.
The new Spingle Move SPM-1005 sneaker is constructed using canvas fabric made from recycled origami paper cranes collected from Hiroshima. Every year, approximately 10 million cranes are donated to Hiroshima from around the world as a wish for peace. Through Camino’s Ongaeshi Project, these cranes are given a new lease on life as they are turned into recycled yarn used in a variety of products.
It took about a year for Shinohara Textiles to create this unique canvas from the recycled yarn. The inside soles of the shoe pay tribute to the cranes with a colourful folded paper crane motif.
The custom shoelaces are another highlight, made with natural cotton and hemp. The inside of the shoes also features a Cool Maxim lining which has antibacterial and deodorant properties.
The sneakers retail for ¥18,700 and are now available for purchase through Spingle’s online store for delivery within Japan only. There are just 500 pairs on offer, so you’ll have to be quick.
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