HANON and Mizuno, two prominent names in the world of sportswear, have joined forces once again to bring us the second installment of their collaborative collection.
This time, the capsule collection is inspired by Japanese football and pays tribute to the city of Nagoya and its official emblem, the golden bottlenose dolphins atop Nagoya Castle and Maru-Hachi (the number 8 in a circle).
The grampus, also known as Risso’s Dolphin, is a significant symbol in Nagoya. Interestingly, this species of dolphins can also be spotted off the coast of Scotland, the birthplace of HANON. With its unique markings that develop over time, it served as the muse for Mizuno‘s interpretation of the classic running shoe from the 90s, the Contender.
The HANON x Mizuno Contender collection features a blend of the grampus’ gray body and the iconic Mizuno Contender running shoe. The subtle grey branding applied to the nubuck upper and heel is paired with shiny silver mesh underlays for a sleek and modern look. The duck blue suede and turquoise pebble leather overlays on the tongue and heel add a pop of color, while the turquoise pearlescent leather Runbird logo on the upper adds a touch of sophistication.
The HANON flame logo and Mizuno logo are both proudly embroidered on each tongue, and double branding appears on the heel to mark the collaboration. The insole is also branded with the two logos, solidifying the partnership between these two sportswear giants.
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The HANON x Mizuno Contender will be available starting February 11, priced at €140 (approximately $153 USD), in Sneakers stores and on mizuno.com. Each pair will come in a custom box with custom tissue paper and two extra sets of laces.
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