The Slipstream Lo ‘Sashiko’ Isn’t Like Other PUMAsRelease: 2 April 2022
PUMA’s Slipstream revival continues with a new ‘Sashiko’ edition that taps into the model’s cult Japanese fanbase and reworks the upper with its namesake decorative detail. Between inline colours and collaborative efforts with entities including Butter Goods, this is one of the most unique takes on the low-cut retro basketball shoe yet.
The Slipstream was introduced circa 1987 as the high-flying successor to the Sky LX. During this era, basketball shoes became the dominant influence on street sneaker style, so PUMA followed suit by releasing low-cut remakes in unique materials like snakeskin, renaming the shoes with monikers such as The Beast. This irreverent attitude towards serious shoes struck a chord with Japanese buyers, who eventually had PUMA manufacture their favourite model in their home country.
Fast forward a couple of decades later, and this new ‘Sashiko’ pair honours its second home with this indigo blue canvas and suede upper that provides the perfect platform to apply decorative white stitching. This is found along the edge of the upper where the soles meet. While not pictured, PUMA say this release is packaged with a bag of scrap material for users to sew on their own patches for an individualised look.
The PUMA Slipstream Lo ‘Sashiko’ will release on April 2 from select PUMA retailers.