ARTICLE BY Boon Mark Souphanh

Release Info: AVNIER x Salomon S-Lab XT 5 Softground 'Mirage Effect'
Release: 17 June 2020

Style Code: N/A

Colourway: Mirage Effect

Paris-based label AVNIER call on outdoor specialists Salomon for a collaborative S-Lab XT 5 Softground to join their Spring/Summer 2020 lineup. Dubbed the ‘Mirage Effect’, the earth-toned sneaker is inspired by the Marathon des Sables, an infamous 160-mile footrace run through the Sahara Desert, which many regard as the toughest on earth.

AVNIER creative director Sébastian Strappazzon says the collaboration aims to ‘explore the paradox between freedom and restraint, relaxed and controlled, dualities that one may find through the desolated landscapes of the Sahara where a sense of endless freedom contrasts with the restraining conditions of the desert.’

Vibing off the imagery of an oasis in the middle of the desert, the theme is carried with ‘Sand’, ‘Ivory’ and ‘Stone’ colours, perfectly offset with ‘Electric Blue’ and ‘Laser Foil’ accents. Breathability is achieved via a perforated mesh and ripstop nylon upper, elevated with bold bonded graphics. Capping off the technical touches is a Quicklace lacing system and a Contagrip Chevron outsole with SensiFit construction.

The AVNIER x Salomon S-Lab XT 5 Softground ‘Mirage Effect’ will release via the AVNIER web store on June 17.

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