KENZO introduced its Inka model with a crisp, off-white version in August, and now the label has given the hiking sneaker a shot of color through two bold new releases. The latest delivery includes a Lakers-esque edition alongside a sharper combination of black and orange, while elements like reflective trimming and lace-up rope ties build on the trail-inspired aesthetic.
The Inka silhouettes are a sort of bittersweet farewell for the brand’s former creative directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who announced in June that they were leaving their roles. KENZO’s next releases will be introduced under the new reign of Felipe Oliveira Baptista.
On the multicolored style, the upper is constructed of purple underlays and neutral-toned overlays that pile on leather swatches in shades of cream, black and sand for a natural look. The laces are featured in orange, contrasting against the dark purple mesh that together recall the iconic team colors of the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, the orange and black option is distinguished by way of its two-tone composition, yielding a color-blocked effect as the bright upper clashes against the all-black sole. Other details on the chunky shoe include a foam midsole and a jagged lace-keeper, the latter of which offers a final unique touch with its defining zig-zag shape.
Both the “Multicolored” and “Orange/Black” colorways of the Inka are priced at $495 USD and available now at Browns’ webstore.