Fashion trends have altered our vision of clothes and shoes many times before in history. There have been so many inventions that some of us feel they’ve seen everything there is to be seen in point of fashion. Yet, the newly invented Furoshiki shoes will change our perception on shoes, particularly comfortable shoes.
Created by Japanese designer, Masaya Hashimoto, the new collection of shoes takes its inspiration from Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping presents and goods. We don’t know what might have motivated the designer to choose this technique, but we assume he loves feet so much that he thinks we should wear them as our most precious gifts.
For some of us, who may not be used to such sport shoes, Hashimoto’s new collection may seem weird, to say the least. Despite having no laces, the shoes wrap perfectly around everyone’s feet because they are made out of Velcro.
They are the perfect choice for long walks and sports activities in that they do not force feet to adapt to them, but rather the other way around. In addition, Velcro materials are highly recommended for people who have weak joints, being frequently used in medical bandages.
Masaya Hashimoto’s invention has been immediately patented by Italian company, Vibram. Furoshiki shoes are available in exchange of $140 and they come in different sizes and colors, the enterprise has communicated.
Even though they are manufactured in Italy, the new collection of shoes from Hashimoto has completely broken with the Italian tradition. They are far too sport compared to the stylish and elegant models that Italian designers have accustomed us with. Nevertheless, Vibram thinks many customers will show interest in their new collection, particularly the young market segments.
Nike was the first to create wrapped shoes when they introduced Nike Wrap Studio in 2012. Their collection was designed for women who were interested in Yoga or Pilates. As the name said it, the ballerina-inspired shoes were supposed to be worn in studios where women often have to be barefoot. Users had five different styles to choose from, depending on the studio-related activities they performed.
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