Quirky footwear imprint Suicoke has recently issued a variety of off-kilter shoes ranging from metal bit chukka boots to revamped geta sandals, but perhaps its most unusual offering to date is launching as part of its Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Amidst an array of classic strappy sandals and closed-toe clogs, the Japanese label has delivered a twist on Vibram’s infamous “toe shoes.”
Vibram, a longtime Suicoke partner, markets its FiveFingers silhouette — commonly referred to as “toe shoes” — as the ultimate minimalist running sneaker, though it has long been decried the world’s ugliest shoe. Suicoke’s twist on the divisive silhouette maintains the distinctive toes, upgrading the slip-on style with an ankle-height breathable bootie or tall shaft, depending on the style. The latter style is more similar to a boot, though both retain an easy-access tearaway closure on the rear and Vibram’s grippy rubber outsole for maximum traction.
Much of Suicoke’s other Spring/Summer 2020 offerings are comparatively conventional, with several recognizable silhouettes receiving only slight tweaks. For instance, the MOTO slide sandal is essentially unchanged, but it now sports a graphic hit on its technical strap. Similarly, the DEPA, KISEE and other timeless models return alongside new favorites like the TONO flip-flop and an espadrille style first seen as a mastermind WORLD collaboration.