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Nike’s newest addition to ISPA sneaker line blends Japanese tradition and contemporary style

By Ingrid Tsai, SoraNews24

In Japan, sneakerheads have long enjoyed a variety of cool and limited edition kicks. From sneakers with cherry blossom motifs to certain pairs paying homage to Japanese pop culture, there’s a lot of variety to go around, and now lovers of Japanese artisanship as well as slick-looking shoes are in for a pleasant surprise as Nike is set to release a special pair of sneakers which blend traditional Japanese indigo dyeing and footwear with modern shoes.


Dubbed the “ISPA Drifter Indigo,” these distinctive sneakers incorporate the construction of tabi, or sturdy Japanese split toe socks, and employ a dye made from a fermented version of the Japanese indigo plant. Though this isn’t the first sneaker to incorporate a blue hue iconic to the Japanese cloth-dyeing scene, we’re certain fans of Nike, Japanese culture, or both, are in for a treat given the amount of detail and care put into the design.

▼ Fun fact: ISPA stands for “Improvise. Scavenge. Protect. Affect.”


▼ Amusingly enough, complementing split-toe socks will also be included so you don’t have to hunt for a pair of fitting socks immediately.


Dyeing and overall manufacturing of the sneakers will be overseen by Tokushima-based atelier BUAISOU, which is known for cultivating its own indigo. For the ISPA Drifter Indigo, this atelier will primarily focus on using traditional techniques passed through generations of artisans, which is a great appeal point if one happens to like historical craftsmanship.


In terms of the materials going into the sneaker’s design, the outer sole and suede will consist of cork whereas hemp will be used for the sneaker’s top part. The latter is a nice touch considering how hemp was one of the main materials used for waraji, or Japanese sandal-like footwear in the medieval period, so folks who are avidly interested in Japanese craftsmanship will no doubt be excited by this new sneaker.



Each pair will cost 60,500 yen and customers are limited to one pair per purchase.

Source: Nike via Japaaan

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Nike is non-bizsona (non-persona for businesses) since they featured Kaepernick. They can fall off the planet for all I care. Threw away any Nike items I had.

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Nike is non-bizsona (non-persona for businesses) since they featured Kaepernick. They can fall off the planet for all I care. Threw away any Nike items I had.

Good! Nike does not need your kind of customer.

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Nike has been doing this every year since I can remember. Nothing new here. Only a colour change.

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Nike employs a lot of slaves to make their products. Think about that next time you praise the swish.

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Marketing ... pure, undiluted marketing!

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Useful for today's modern Ninja. But needed in midnight black.

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