• Soft resilient full grain leather or full grain nuback upper for durability & abrasion resistance
• Perforated upper panel for improved ventilation
• Lightweight mesh tongue
• Performance TPR wrap cup sole for cup sole function with a vulcanize cosmetic design
• Abrasion-resistant sticky rubber outsole
The Xander (high-top) shoe is part of the Mike Shinoda DC Remix Series™ Collection, in conjunction with the Glorious Excess (Born) art show on display at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA.
This second DC Remix Series™ project is a great juxtaposition of Mike's unique influences: accomplished artist versus record-breaking musician, American upbringing versus Japanese heritage.
Mike chose traditional Japanese patterns and koi scale textures for his shoe and packaging; the sole features custom fish scale tooling created just for this project and artwork sublimated underneath. 'I've always loved fish, especially koi, and I thought the scales would make a fun pattern for the bottom of the shoe.' The many patterns in the in-box booklet and packaging reference fabrics and origami paper patterns that surrounded Shinoda growing up. 'When I was young, some people were surprised to find out that I am half Japanese. Growing up, I always looked forward to celebrating each New Year's Day with that side of my family. I love Japanese food and art, so I guess it's no surprise that those things sometimes end up being a part of my work.'
Mike's art, renditions of his latest work, is found on the upper, the insole, and the outsole; his signature is on the heel; and 'limited edition' is embroidered in Japanese on the tongue.
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