Throughout their history, Mizuno have had a habit of creating series of sneakers that bring inspirations from the brands history, their community and everyday life.
For their latest pack, Mizuno look towards Japanese folklore and the animals that have populated various regions. To achieve this latest pack, the team have called in external help by collaborating with artist and illustrator Kenatrou Tanaka. Much like his work, the pack pays special attention to details, materials and most importantly the colour ways which bring a contemporary, modern touch whilst keeping the brands heritage intact.
With that said, the ‘Animal Spirits’ pack is comprised of three classic Mizuno silhouettes. Each one has been designated with its own animal. Kicking things off, we have the fan favourite Sky Medal which is represented by the monkey which over time, has seen its meaning within Japanese culture change over time. The Wave Rider 1 has been given the frog which in Japanese means ‘return’ so its quite fitting for their first Wave Rider to wear this honour. Last but no means least, the Wave Rider 10 steps up as a symbol for the crane. All three shoes use a unique blend of materials that cleverly mimic each animals characteristics in a subtle and imaginative way.
Take a closer look below and if you’re wanting to add these to your collection, click here to shop! Please note, the Wave Rider 10 will be launching online on 10.06!