This month the Consortium Tour returns to Japan, this time it is the turn of Toyko-based footwear retailer mita sneakers to rework the SEEULATER – an outdoor classic recently inducted to the Originals range.

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First released in the mid-1990s as a hiking shoe, the SEEULATER achieved a cult-status in Japan. During the era, Ame-yoko Street was the place in Tokyo to pick up climbing and skiing clothing and imported outerwear. Lined with dozens of retailers, their windows filled with the boldly-colored jackets of the period, the street serves as the inspiration behind the SEEULATER’s dark blue and red upper.

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Another reference for this model comes from small dashes of nature found in Japan’s major metropolis. The stone-coloured elements pay homage to the city’s rock gardens, while the midsole – speckled with glow-in-the-dark-paint – nods to the luminous moss known to grow on the rocks.

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The rugged, grippy outer sole, the lacing system and the elasticated ankle all point outdoors; an activity shoe undoubtedly designed to perform in the wild. mita sneakers takes the silhouette, and alongside adidas Consortium, creates a shoe unmistakably inspired by both the natural and more modern aspects of the city of Tokyo.

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Urban winters can be harsh; it has become a stylistic standard to opt for more functional clothing and footwear. This SEEULATER therefore features a cork insole, designed to absorb and release moisture, keeping the wearer dry in any situation.

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Sure, a lot of time has passed between the 1990s and today. The SEEULATER may have appeared alien to sneaker enthusiasts at first – but as a true timeless classic – it now slips comfortably alongside today’s models as a standout functional shoe with a bold aesthetic.

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Release: October, 8th 2016 at The Good Will Out

mita sneakers SEEULATER Details
– classic outdoor-inspired two-tone suede upper with leather and nylon detailing on forefoot
– aqua-blue speed-lacing- and heel loops
– neoprene sock construction with elastic cuff
– co-branded cork insole with superior moisture absorption capabilities
– adidas Performance logo detailing at mid-foot
– two-tone speckled rubber trail midsole
– grey-colored rugged outsole