Brand: Naruto x Mizuno
Release date: January 8 (Japan)
Price: 13,200 (approximately $ 115)
To buy: Mizuno’s Japanese website and some Japanese retailers
What we say: Naruto, the world-famous anime watched by millions of people around the world, is the subject of Mizuno’s latest collaborative release. It’s not Mizuno’s sleekest or trendiest collaboration, but it might be the most commercial in ages.
The capsule includes three colors of the Mizuno Contender sneaker. Each colorway represents a different character from the series, namely Sakura Haruno, Sasuke Uchiha and, of course, the eponymous Naruto Uzumaki.
Each of the sneakers is rendered in a colourway that reflects the style and hair colors of the main characters in the popular franchise.
Naruto’s is black and yellow, Sakura’s is pink, red and white, and Sasuke’s is purple.
Each shoe also has a special motif nodding to the characters, while also featuring the Hidden Leaf Village symbol (worn by Naruto and his friends on their headbands) on the heel and tongue of the shoe.
Weird that Mizuno or Pierrot Co., the Japanese company that owns Narutolicense of (as well as the license for popular franchises like Bleach and Tokyo ghoul), opted for a fairly conventional pair of sneakers, rather than a more contemporary sneaker, but the old-fashioned Contender at least offers plenty of room for the themed colourways to take effect.
No international release planned for this pack of sneakers but, given NarutoWith the effervescent popularity of, it seems the time is long gone to give the franchise a more adventurous collaboration, despite the adidas shoes.
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