The beauty of boro cannot be overstated. But it can be enhanced. Merging Japanese textile history with the quintessential California cool sneaker, FDMTL and Vans have teamed up to produce two sneakers in that precious boro fabric.
These sneakers are really made to break down beautifully over time. The indigo will crock and fade, the fabric will rip and tear. Ultimately, we hope these sneakers will encourage people to keep the boro tradition alive by repairing their sneakers, adding to the patches and sashiko along the way. Fade Friday, anyone?
The bad news? And yes, there’s bad news. These are not available outside of Japan, and even that’s just a pre-order for early 2016. Get your Google translate ready and your proxy skills on point because we’re pretty sure these are going to sell out fast.
You can get your pair reserved for 16,200 JPY ($135USD) at FDMTL’s website.