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Sneakers July 30, 2018   |  WORDS: Deana Zafir

The Adidas Dragon Ball Z collab, and other anime inspired sneaker designs we love

Are you a fan of sneakers and anime? We’ve compiled 5 memorable anime inspired sneakers. Any of these you like too?

1) Adidas Dragon Ball Z

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Fans of Dragon Ball Z and Adidas were in a for a treat when news of the yet-to-be-released Adidas x Dragon Ball Z collaboration was first announced in December 2017. According to Sneaker News, the Adidas x Dragon Ball Z collaboration will be released sometime in August.

Till then, though, what we’ve learnt about the collection is that it consists of seven designs, each based on characters from the iconic series. The collaboration will utilize two sneaker silhouettes: the adidas ZX500 RM and the adidas Yung-1.

2) Foot Patrol x ASICS GEL-Saga “Gundam”

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Inspired by the Japanese anime Mobile Suit Gundam, the Foot Patrol x ASICS collaboration delivers a GEL-Saga silhouette in a clean white and cream colorway, coupled with metallic blue accents.

The sneakers were released in Foot Patrol stores in late July this year, and retailed at £115 (approx. S$205). The shoes are due for a wider release on Saturday, August 11 (source).

3) Skechers x One Piece 

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Featuring six colorways, the One Piece inspired collaboration, released in January 2018, materialized in the form of the chunky Skechers D’lite sneakers. Much like the Adidas x Dragon Ball Z collaboration, the One Piece collection will feature six colorways inspired by characters from the series including Chopper, Luffy, Law, and others.

4) Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”

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Nike celebrated the Air Max 98 silhouette’s 20th birthday with the “Gundam” colorway that featured three key colors: red, white, and blue. Other aesthetics include a tiny Nike Swoosh as well as “AIR” branding on the heel of the shoes.

Though not an actual collaboration with Gundam the anime series, the release was dubbed so as it came in a colorway that very much resembles the Gundam mobile suit.

The shoes were released in January this year, and retailed for US$160 (approx. S$218).

5) Fila x Pokemon 

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Fila Korea teamed up with Pokemon to bring a limited edition Pokemon collaboration to Korea in April this year.

The sneaker collection comes in five colorways, each inspired by the iconic Pokemon characters including Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Charmander, to name a few. The design on the Fila x Pokemon were kept clean, except for the heel and insides of the shoes.

What are some of your favorite anime inspired sneaker collaborations? Let us know in the comments section below.

Featured image: Sneaker News

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