The fashion universe has been abuzz, and rightfully so. September 2023 ushers in a fresh era for sneaker enthusiasts and KENZO aficionados alike with the unveiling of the KENZO-PACE, the second edition of the coveted sneaker series masterminded by Artistic Director Nigo. Set to redefine urban footwear, this latest rendition exudes aerodynamic finesse, blurring the lines between the sporty legacy of running shoes and the quintessential essence of the Maison.
While many labels have ventured into the realm of sneakers, what sets the KENZO-PACE apart is its dedication to both form and function. Born out of a collaboration with a specialized Vietnamese factory renowned for sneaker craftsmanship, this shoe’s intricacy lies in its nuanced design details. The melding of technical polyurethane and a blend of woven meshes gives the upper not just a distinctive appearance but a promise of lasting endurance.
One might be tempted to categorize the KENZO-PACE with the ordinary runners we see on the streets. Still, the sneaker debunks that thought with its “maximalist” sole—robust and weightier than your average runner, yet designed with a city dweller’s daily grind in mind. It’s a marvel of engineering that integrates lightweight construction with impeccable shock absorption, ensuring style never overshadows utility.
The brilliance of KENZO shines brightly in its color choices. The options, ranging from stark white and black to radiant silver, appeal to the minimalist and the flamboyant. For those seeking a burst of vivacity, the men’s blue-black blend and the women’s pink-white duet are not just color combinations; they’re statements. The reflective logo, coupled with the tiger-stripe inspired graphics on the sole, makes for a shoe that’s as much a conversation starter as it is a testament to footwear innovation.
Looking ahead, KENZO’s promise of a third edition later this year is tantalizing. For now, though, the KENZO-PACE, priced at a handsome 390€, promises to be the centerpiece in many a wardrobe. Available at KENZO outlets and KENZO.com.
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