Brain Dead's Oakley Factory Team Paguro Mule Is at One With Nature

Drawing inspiration from the hermit crab, its shell cycle, and other natural forms.

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Brain Dead‘s partnership with Oakley Factory Team is arguably the finest collaboration in the market today, consistently producing ’90s and noughties-inspired footwear that eschews trends, in turn somewhat making a trend of its own. This practice now continues with the duo’s latest offering, the Brain Dead x Oakley Factory Team Paguro.

The brand-new design comes from lengths of development courtesy of Factory Team Labs, which has created a slip-on mule inspired by the (adorable) Paguro crustacean, also known as a hermit crab. The reason behind the name comes from the crustacean’s evolutionary process, which sees it transfer from shell to shell — and like the crab, the Paguro mule proffers elements of a compound structure, detailed with intricacy much like the organic casings of the Paguro creature.

In order to make the mule, the teams used variating densities of EVA foam to form a supportive body before adding TPU for added comfort and bounce. Natural formation detailing works the upper, adding ventilation while it’s there, while Oakley branding is hidden within said aesthetic touches.

Elsewhere, colorways such as “Cold Brew,” “Hummus” and “Toadstool” add to the organic, natural themes. The exclusive Oakley Factory Team Paguro Collection is via Brain Dead locations, Oakley locations, on Brain Dead’s website, and via DSML now, for just £67 GBP ($87 USD). Take a closer look at all three Spring/Summer 2023 iterations in the campaign above.

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