Discover Underrated Japanese Sneaker Collaborations Inside GOAT’s Treasure Trove
Long considered a sneaker mecca, Japan draws in droves of sneakerheads from around the world on an annual (sometimes more frequently!) pilgrimage to fill empty suitcases with exclusive releases and obscure collaborations. While exploring every nook and cranny from Harajuku to Hokkaido presents its own logistical challenges, thanks to online platforms like GOAT, shopping for these sleeper JP specials is only a few clicks away!
mita sneakers x New Balance 990v4 ‘Bouncing Frog’ (2018)
Back in 2018, the 990v4 ruled the roost of New Balance’s premium Made In USA range. NB’s international influence is particularly strong in Japan, where mainstay boutique mita sneakers created their v4 SMU known as the ‘Bouncing Frog’. The verdant green suede and mesh colourway worked very effectively on the flagship runner, tying the theme back to the Boston Common Frog Pond, located a stone’s throw from NB HQ. Hop over to GOAT to scoop up one of the few pairs that spawned outside of Japan.
atmos x Packer x Reebok Instapump Fury ‘Doraemon’ (2017),
One of Japan’s greatest cultural exports, Doraemon, was the inspiration for these unconventional Reebok Instapumps that were conceived in a three-way colab between atmos and American boutique Packer. Fuzzy faux fur uppers and adorable details – including yellow bell Pump buttons and red collar accents – perfectly represented the robot cat who has been universally adored for over 50 years. Anime memorabilia can broadly range from merchandise madness to cartoonish perfection – this colab is an example of the latter. Why dream of Doraemon shoes when you can get them from GOAT?
Footpatrol x BEAMS x Saucony GRID 8000 ‘Only In Tokyo’ (2015)
For almost 50 years, the dozens of sub-brands and one-off projects under the BEAMS umbrella have been linked by one common trait: exclusivity to Japan. However, the pilgrimage to cop can be slightly shorter, with BEAMS collaborations occasionally being available internationally – albeit in very limited quantities. Exhibit A: this colab with the UK’s Footpatrol on the underrated Saucony GRID 8000, which went as quickly as it came. Despite its ‘Only In Tokyo’ moniker, you can also find them on GOAT right now.
Stussy x Neighborhood x Nike Terminator High ‘Boneyards’ (2008)
Stussy, who have quite a sizeable Japanese following despite their US origins, linked up with similarly influential label Neighborhood in 2008 for a capsule collection that comprised sought-after apparel and accessories. Rounding out the colab was a three-pair set of Nike Terminator Highs that subverted the model’s basketball roots to feature subtle details like perforated Swooshes and two-toned materials. This pack remains criminally underrated, so here’s a chance to pick them up for a song before Stussy hype sends the Terminators skyrocketing in value.
BAPE x ASICS GEL-Kayano Trainer (2015)
In 2015, iconic Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape (aka BAPE) ventured beyond their usual footwear output and partnered with national compatriots ASICS. BAPE applied their namesake camouflage on the important GEL-Kayano Trainer model, which kick-started the longstanding running line. The successful union proved the versatility of both BAPE graphics and ASICS’ former flagship runner to enjoy the retro limelight. While most pairs have gone into hiding – being camo helps – a couple can still be found on GOAT!
Feel like adding even more international flavour to your sneaker collection? Check out the extensive selection of global colabs and region exclusives on GOAT now!