FDMTL and Gravis' Cardiff Patch Is the Best Sandal Collaboration You've Never Heard Of

Two Japanese mainstays combine for a well-considered pair.

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FDMTL and Gravis are two of Japan’s most “if you know, you know” labels, and they have come together for a pair of Cardiff Patch sandals.

The pair combines the two brands’ sensibilities, referencing FDMTL’s work with denim by using an all-over indigo hue that takes form in a number of different textiles, and nodding to Gravis by delivering a sandal that’s packed with Japanese design cues.

For example, the Cardiff Patch sandal features a top strap that’s split into two sections: one served in cream with indigo stitching, and another in indigo with a black-and-white checkered pattern. A complementing webbing strap with white stitching sits on top.

On the medial, the collaborative pair uses FDMTL’s denim in a brighter shade of blue, while an indigo blue leather strap has been added to secure the webbing pieces in place. The strap wraps around to the rear to create a heel component that has been branded with FDMTL’s moniker in white stitching, rounding out the upper’s design.

The sole unit is made from two pieces, combining a dark blue footbed complete with tabi split-toe embossing on it, and a white outsole that’s rounded and somewhat chunky.

Take a look at the FDMTL x Gravis Cardiff Patchwork sandal in the gallery above, and pick up a pair for yourself at stockists including Hanon, where they retail for £160 GBP (approx. $207 USD).

For more unique footwear styles, check out the FUTUR x Mephisto F Barracuda GORE-TEX.

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