Mizunos archive is rich with untold history and stories which over the last couple of years we have had the pleasure to learn more about through the brands Kazuko line, retroing some of the brands hard hitting stand out classics like the Mizuno Sky Medal.
Released in 1993 the Mizuno Sky Medal is a post exercise shoe commonly used by their athletes during competitions and training around that time. The reason being went down to the construction and design of the shoe which focused itself on comfortability. Mizuno built the Sky Medal with a super soft neoprene sock liner, breathable mesh, soft leather and a wide open tongue so that the athlete was able to slip their foot in and out of the shoe with minimal effort. The shoe also sat on top of an EVA midsole and incorporated the brands TranStab Cushioning system that went on to be one of the inspirations for their well known and high tech Wave Technology.
Although not being made directly for sporting use, the Sky Medal belonged in the limelight for other reasons. The shoes name actually was derived from its purpose of being a podium wearing shoe worn by athletes on the to receive their medals during competitions
Bringing the past into the present, Mizuno refresh the silhouette with two new iterations. Blurring the lines of the 90s retro runner, it provides a perfect base for an unprecedented mix of both new and vintage, sport and lifestyle.
For these newest colour ways, Mizuno play on the traditional black and white uppers whilst introducing a burst of vibrant reds and blues. Swapping out the midsoles, the black midsole works its way on to the predominantly white version whilst the black receives a crisp white midsole. What connects these two together is the iconic Runbird on both the medial and lateral sides. Stripped back and deconstructed, it now appears in a clear translucent material making the uppers cleaner and shows off those retro lines perfectly!
Now available online, sizes range from UK7 – UK11, priced at £115.