Minimal brand CURLY have enlisted the help of fellow Japanese footwear specialists Lafeet to create a unique range of Tabi Toe Sneakers. The collaboration taps into the traditional shoe type, which dates back to the 15th century.
Lafeet is a Japanese footwear imprint that produces a variety of running shoes indebted to the historic tabi, traditional Japanese sock-like shoes that sport a segmented portion for the big toe. Made famous in fashion by Martin Margiela, the tabi doesn’t have as large a presence in current-day Japan, but brands like visvim and KAPITAL occasionally incorporate the design into their own creations. Lafeet takes a more subdued approach, crafting Western-indebted running sneakers with the distinctive toe separation — this ethos informs the CURLY collaboration.
Prioritizing comfort and durability, the collaborative Lafeet shoe is constructed with a lifted sole and a grippy rubber bottom. Layered suede panels yield a lightweight combination of delicate fabrics in a black colorway with a white sole. Patterned laces add a pop of visual interest, while a neon green heel tab grants the muted runner an extra bit of flair.
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