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Maison Margiela’s New Reeboks Are So Advanced, They’re See-Through
Release Date: January 28
Price: ¥80,300 ($700, normal), ¥86,900 ($760, hand-painted)
The pair are back together for another round of collaborative kicks, once again taking the Reebok Classic Leather into the realm of the avant-garde.
Like the tall Classic Leathers mentioned earlier, these new CLs are snipped to shreds, utilizing a technique that the maison terms “décortiqué” (French for “shelled,” as in removing seafood or produce from its shell, husk, or pod).
The resulting sneakers are barely recognizable as old school Reeboks, with giant see-through panels interrupting the familiar leather uppers.
They aren’t completely deconstructed, I suppose, considering that the sockliner, toebox, and sole unit are basically untouched but maybe the next round will see Margiela going a step beyond.
Available in the usual tonal makeups of red, white, and black, easily the most Margiela-esque version is the pair that’s hand-painted white, reflecting the age-old house tradition of covering accessories, jeans, and shoes in cracking white paint.
If you wanna collaborate with Margiela, you’ve gotta be prepared to rip up familiar shapes. Witness the brand’s recent Eastpak collaboration, which inverts and flips conventional backpacks into unrecognizable carryalls.
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The Nike Dunk Low Premium “Vast Grey” Drops In Europe On January 21st
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Throughout the latter half of last year, Nike revealed a plethora of Dunk Lows and Highs. And among the former, the “Vast Grey” stood taller than any other women’s exclusive, its colorway a near perfect addition for the Fall. Now, even many months thereafter, the shoe still has yet to debut. It seems delays have affected these, too, and only Europe has reported a January 21st release.
While it is made up of more than two tones, the colorway doesn’t instantly appear that way. Greys dress the overlays and Swoosh, while the base underneath contrasts with its off-white finish. If not for the slightly lighter tongue, the upper would be a simple riff on the silhouette’s most classic arrangement, as the leather has been replaced with a premium suede.
For a closer look at this women’s pair, check out the retailer images below. Currently, these are set to drop in the EU on January 21st.
In other news, the Air Jordan 3 Fire Red is returning this August.
Where to Buy
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Nike Dunk Low
Release Date: 2022
Color: Vast Grey/Summit White/Pearl White
Style Code: DD8338-001
After MarketAvailable Now
With Walmart NFTs, the Megastore Goes Metaverse
Judging from recent trademark filings, Walmart appears to be plotting its entry into the metaverse.
The big-box retailer filed several trademarks for Walmart Connect, a venture that might see the company launch its own NFTs and cryptocurrency, a move that could fuel — or diminish — the voracious appetite for digital collectibles.
Walmart also filed to protect the use of its name and logo in virtual and augmented reality, bolstering the company’s application for the names “Verse to Curb,” “Verse to Home,” and “Verse to Store,” terms that suggest some sort of Walmart-powered VR shopping experience.
Earlier this month, a five-year-old video imagining Walmart in VR went viral on Twitter. Commissioned by Walmart and created by a digital agency, the clip served as a reminder of the metaverse’s humble roots, which precede crypto traders, NFT collectors, and Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta.
Walmart’s seeming entry into the hype-driven landscape of NFTs and cryptocurrency is both expected and unexpected.
From Melania Trump to Taco Bell, everyone is scrambling for a slice of the virtual pie. If Shawn Mendes can sell his vest as an NFT, it follows that an entity as powerful as Walmart would weigh in on the action.
However, Walmart’s move also raises the question of what, exactly, customers buy into when they purchase NFTs.
It’s no secret that exclusivity — and the bragging rights that accompany them — is part of what makes NFTs so appealing. Anyone can take a screenshot of Beeple’s The First 5000 Days, but only one person owns the $69 million real deal.
It’s difficult to imagine Walmart, a company that built its reputation on affordability, peddling multi-million-dollar collectibles that will accrue value over time.
The tension between the blockchain’s accessibility (technically, anyone can make and sell an NFT) and inherent exclusivity (not only is buying cryptocurrency not a cheap or simple task for many but their value is dependent on limited availability) raises a couple of questions.
How will Walmart market its NFTs as desirable?
And, perhaps more importantly, if Walmart’s entry into the metaverse — where the hype is largely fueled by the rich and famous — doesn’t pop the NFT bubble, will anything?
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