Mikio Sakabe's Quirky GIDDY Sneaker Line Launches Online Store

Whimsical silhouettes that aim to “lift the burden of walking.”

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After teaming up with Walter Van Beirendonck for Spring/Summer 2020, Japanese designer Mikio Sakabe has finally introduced a digital destination for his forward-looking footwear brand, GIDDY. The label’s first offerings are a duo of over-inflated running shoes that take outlandish outsoles to bold new heights.

Sakabe also heads GIDDY UP, a collaborative line with DMM that offers 3D-printed sneakers. However, the label’s original designs are produced under the GIDDY brand name. GIDDY UP has produced some pretty remarkable woven creations, GIDDY’s first publicly-available silhouettes, the “JEWELRY” and “INTERSTELLAR,” are comparatively conventional. The former style, described as “wearable jewelry,” aims to both “attract the attention of the people around you” and “direct your consciousness to the ground,” presumably insinuating the extreme comfort of its exaggerated sole unit.

Meanwhile, the “INTERSTELLAR” grants its wearer’s feet the feeling of “effortlessly gliding” across the ground. “By putting on a pair of these shoes, you will feel as though you could walk anywhere,” enthuses the website, referring to the shoes’ stacked, layered outsole. Both shoes are offered in a quartet of colorways, with neutral gray, black and cream-toned knits set atop the sculpted, shapely resin outsoles.

Visit GIDDY’s web store to shop the two available styles for ¥25,000 JPY (approximately $230 USD) apiece.

For more unconventional heavyweight shoes, check out SHOES 53045’s Bump’Air “Green Giant.”

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GIDDY UP “INTERSTELLAR” and “JEWELRY”

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