Dip a Toe into the TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist x Suicoke Vibram FiveFingersRelease: 4 May 2022
At some point in time, sneaker style crossed its conventional threshold into something a little more avant garde. Leading that cultural shift is Vibram’s FiveFingers, which has gradually changed its perception from laughing stock to quirky counter sneaker style silhouette. And furthering that push are curiously feasible barefoot designs, such as this re-upped collaboration between TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist and Suicoke that taps into some familiar cues.
Suicoke and Vibram have worked closely together since day one – the latter supplies outsoles to most of the former’s designs, and the FiveFingers have been championed on the lifestyle front. With The Soloist on board, the Japanese label adds bespoke flair to the extremely functional design. The grey suede and mesh uppers borrow panelling concepts from another popular runner, leaving the mid panel – where a logo is usually found – conspicuously blank. The contrast white laces and outsole sections continue the on-the-nose references, but there’s also a black and grey option to keep the homage a little more subtle.
This collaboration actually first dropped a couple of years ago, but perhaps the brands were a little early to the party. Now that opinions about FiveFingers are a little less hostile and more inquisitive, the three-way dips its toes back into the game. The TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist x Suicoke Vibram FiveFingers are available now directly from The Soloist.