GEL-NYC™ (FUJITAKA) sneaker features multicoloured scraps of IMABARI towel threads in the upper, eyelet, webbing and laces.
Visible mending details on the upper, such as stitiching and "inverted tongue" emphasise the SHUZEN, hand mended look.
IMBARAI TOWELS, which are known wordwide for their soft, high quality Japanese towles, are created by FUJITAKA.
The practice of SHUZEN dates back to the EDO period where people would mend their belongings over and over again with things they had available to them, to prolong and maximise use.
The GEL-NYC™ sneaker sources inspiration from heritage and modern performance running styles.
Its upper construction references the GEL-NIMBUS™ 3 shoe from the early 2000s and blends it with various embellishments from the MC-PLUS V design.
The tooling contrasts the upper's retro influences by using the GEL-CUMULUS™ 16 shoe's tooling system. Through a combination of lightweight foams and GEL™ technology inserts, this midsole formation helps create advanced underfoot comfort.
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