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Footwear with a retro feel

Jul 11. 2019
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By Compiled by Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation

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Popular Japanese footwear brand, Onitsuka Tiger makes a toast to the free-spirited youth of the 1990s in its autumn and winter collection, which was recently presented to Bangkok’s shoppers at a special event attended by creative director Andrea Pompilio and brand director Ryoji Shoda. 

Organised on the theme “Downtown Rave”, the launch saw trendily dressed models present the newest total looks for the feet. The inspiration comes from the club scene in Berlin, considered the cutting-edge source of fashion information in Europe, and the collection focused on fashionable athletic wear in a style incorporating bold slogans in patches and print and a club-like snowboarder look. The items are simple, loose-fitting and easy to wear, with contemporary designs and the sneakers boast thick soles and big logos.

Creative director Andrea Pompilio and brand director Ryoji Shoda

Italian-born Pompilio created his new vision of shoes based on the season’s keywords, “the nineties”, “clubbing snowboarder” and “retro-futuristic” and says the collection is divided into five themes, with one released every month.

The “Chunky Runner Lo” has uppers with a blucher silhouette. Special features are a design that has stitching only on the inside of the suede fabric tape, and a combination of ghillie and muolded eyelets. The design is a clear re-interpretation of the ’90s incorporating the chunky soles inspired by Buffalo shoes.

The “Chunky Slip-on” model features a re-arrangement of the court-type shoe Appian, where the uppers are covered from above. While still a slip-on shoe, it features two belts and a draw-cord for adjusted fitting. It has the same thick sole as the Chunky Runner. The upper design is minimal, with the brand icon Onitsuka Tiger stripe BIG logo expressed in rubber parts. Thanks to a knit upper and a rubber cage, the shoe is light and very comfortable to wear.

Also featuring a chunky silhouette is the women’s shoe “Pokkuri Sneaker Pf”. The grooved sole takes its inspiration from the traditional Japanese geta sandal, and the design is finished with a thick sole. This product is based on the Fabre BL-S basketball shoe, first launched in 1975. The name Fabre comes from the “fast break” play in basketball. The fitting has been brought right up to date to give a really comfortable finish.

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