Taiwanese-American actor, singer and all-around creative VanNess Wu debuted his xVESSEL
brand in 2018 and has since partnered with a variety of tastemaking boutiques and like-minded designers to create layered footwear and street-ready apparel. Wu began creating sneakers for Yohji Yamamoto
last year, when the famed Japanese designer tapped Wu for Spring/Summer 2020 sneakers, which are finally set to hit select Japanese stores.
Like the silhouettes seen during Yamamoto’s Fall/Winter 2020 runway presentation, xVESSEL has prepped variations on its signature low-top silhouette for SS20, abetted by a pair of 11-eye boot-inspired models. Though Yamamoto is no stranger to customized boot-inspired sneakers, his Dr. Martens collaborations — which included two different 1490 boots for Fall/Winter 2018 — often include only 10 eyelets.
All four iterations sport xVESSEL’s signature layered midsole, complete with cushioning cork and asymmetric black heel tab. A rear RiRi zipper makes it easy to enter the tall black and red shoes, while the tonal black and black/white low-tops feature an adjustable “fitgo” mechanic for easy lacing. Along with “YOHJI YAMAMOTO” embroidery, rubber sizing patches and “PEACE BY PIECE” verbiage (courtesy of tattoo artist Josh Lin
) on the toe caps, the shoes all sport intricate frayed hems for an extra ragged look.
Japanese Yohji Yamamoto boutiques will receive the limited edition xVESSEL sneakers on February 5.