The extravagant sneakers nod to the composition of ‘The Simple Things’ which is a sculpture that Murakami completed in collaboration with Pharrell. Mr. Bailey’s design boasts a black outer bootie that can be removed to reveal a colorfully whimsical upper. The sole of the footwear is adorned with playful spikes that signify “gigantic teeth.” This motif ties the extravagant sneakers closely to the sculpture that they reference.
There are only three pairs available of this artistic footwear endeavor. One of them is spoken for by Takashi himself. The shoes appear to be “100% wearable.”
Image Credit: Mr. Bailey/ John Chen