This year’s Tokyo Olympics event was set to take place from 24 July to 9 August. Had the COVID-19 pandemic spared the planet the catastrophe, the worldwide event would have ended in two days’ time. As hard it is for us to predict the cost damage and national disappointment, we figured Japan deserves a token of light. And the sneaker industry has been up and about with Japanese collaborations and designs! Almost looks like Bape confetti and we can’t get enough. The world’s feeling you, Japan. Nike Air Presto even recreated Australia’s 2000 Olympics icon out of sentiment and solidarity. So, here’s to the 5 fiercest and latest Japanese sneakers. One for each Olympic ring!
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Chitose Abe, the face and mind behind the Japanese Sacai brand, is prepping waffles with Nike this year. Nike Sacai 2019 took the market by storm with the Nike LDwaffles. And this year, the waffle inspiration is stepping up its game. Because the new Vapor Waffles expected to release this summer are Japanese sneakers with their heels split open!
Asics Gel Lyte iii
Sean Wotherspoon, the ultimate sneakerhead, blew up the industry with his Nike Air Max 97/1 creation. His break from Nike and love for corduroy sent him packing East to Asics, a Japanese sports company. For a double or nothing threesome collaboration that welcomed Atmos. The Gel Lyte iii which released on June 27 is a colorful corduroy mashup with removable Atmos labels! It’s now reselling for $530 on average.
Jordan 1 Neutral Grey
The Jordan 1 silhouette never fails to live up to expectations. The first Jordan 1 Silver limited to Japan dropped in 2001. In commemoration of the new century. And the futuristic colorway dropped its all-grey Retro on July 25th this year. With a matching suitcase! Boosting its resale value to an average of $1,296.
Jordan 3 Fire Red Denim
The Jordan 5 Retro Fire Red was a blast this year. And the Jordan 3 model adapted its fierce colorway to Japanese raw denim! That’s a combination of white tumbled leather, Fire Red features, and Japanese fabric in Cement Grey! The sneaker even has Japanese custom heel logos. It drops TODAY and is already reselling for $377 on average on StockX.
New Balance 1700
New Balance, the year’s superbrand, is flooding the market with vibrant colorways. The New Balance 327 Casablanca collaboration called the shots. And similarly to the Jordan 1 Neutral Grey above, the brand is recreating its Japanese sneakers a decade later! The “Made in USA” New Balance 1700 sneaker also features a dominant grey colorway. It was released on July 10 and is reselling for $262 on average.
Japanese Sneakers 2020
There aren’t enough Olympic rings to cover the Japanese sneakers dropping this year. Uptown Deluxe, a Japanese store that sponsors over 20 sneaker brands, collaborated with Adidas Nite Jogger. Just like Queen Bee did back in 2019 with her IVY Park pack. And halfway across the world in California, Vans is on a roll with Japanese collaborations. Its latest gems include the Taka Hayashi and Wacko Maria pairs.
Top global brands like Nike, Adidas, New Balance, and Air Jordan dedicate their inspirations to Japan. And aim to recreate original concepts to find a new respect for the hard-working nation. Keep posted on our blog for Japanese sneakers dropping this year. Sayōnara, for now!
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