It’s a multi-national partnership: mita sneakers X SBTG X New Balance X Fabrix or Japan X Singapore X United States X Singapore. Ueno-stationed Japanese retailer Mita Sneakers has collaborated with Singapore-based design house SBTG to fashion the American New Balance MRT580SM sneakers with new colours and patterns, and the shoes come with a tote designed by Singapore brand Fabrix.
For a long time sneaker freaks have been complaining that, unlike in Japan, shoes available here rarely come in unusual (or bright) colour combinations. Now is the time to debunk that belief, even if it will be a tough call. This new pair of New Balance really shines the spotlight on Singapore designers, especially in the area of footwear and bags.
SBTG’s founder Mark Ong is no stranger to limited-release sneakers having worked with not only New Balance, but Nike as well. In fact, his 2006 collaboration with Nike’s SB Dunk is now considered something iconic. With New Balance, he has created a skin that’s clearly urban because of the sporty and military coupling that is not an unholy union: nubuck upper in black and some green bits, as well as SBTG’s signature Vine and Tiger Stripe camo.
What makes this New Balance even more desirable is the tote that comes with it. Designed by Fabrix, the bag label founded by Colin Chen, the two-tone tote is not only current; it helps you pair your bag to you shoes without looking like you have been listening to someone whose idea of matching is obviously two of a kind.
The mita sneakers X SBTG X New Balance sneakers pack are now available at Limited EDT and Leftfoot