TAKAHIROMIYASHITALe Soloist. x Suicoke Toe Shoe Collab
Mark: TAKAHIROMIYASHITALe Soloist. x Suicoke
Season: Fall / Winter 2021
To buy: Suicoke, TAKAHIROMIYASHITALe Soloist. for $ 350
Editor’s Notes: For some reason, whenever I witness the separate piggies of Vibram’s Five Fingers shoe, I feel like Principal Skinner is receding from a burnt roast. The silhouette of the “sneaker” that divides Vibram is actually quite good, it’s just those distinct toes at the end that really make my skin crawl. Not that Suicoke cares, of course.
Every few months, a new collaboration gives a new face to the, uh, Five Fingers division. TAKAHIROMIYASHITALe Soloist. didn’t push the Five Fingers as far as Midorikawa’s terrifying feet, but that almost makes the result even more overwhelming. I mean, the result is basically a cute, understated snake ruined by the reminder that the wearer is without socks inside.
Not to be too personal here, there are Five Finger fans and I’m sure the shoes are super comfortable.
And, hey, you could argue that conventional sandals should be more pot-like because they actually reveal the feet. The thing is, it’s the suggestion toes that make Vibram’s five fingers so off-putting: The fact that the individual toes are housed in their own little compartment is somehow worse than actual feet.
At least TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist’s Five Fingers lace-up shoes. – with breathable mesh and suede inserts – however, represent founder Takahiro Miyashita’s fascination with original shoes. He’s already teamed up with Salomon and Converse for some interesting silhouettes, though even his Oofos flip flops are arguably less present than those Suicokes.
Miyashita is a famous fan of original shoes, and rocked flip-flops long before they were “cool”. Maybe he’s on to something here.
This is simply the latest eccentric Japanese team from Suicoke. Most recently, the shoe company gave away denim sandals and fluffy animal slippers which, for better or worse, prove that no one can beat the sheer craziness of sandals from Japan.