Brand: ACU x Li-Ning

Model: 50/50

Release Date: January 8

Price: $158

Buy: Online via ACU Raffle

Editor's Notes: Li-Ning's monumental growth, led by its disruptive approach to sneaker design and commitment to bridging the gap between performance sportswear and fashion-forward streetwear, shows no signs of slowing with the launch of its newly established skateboard department.

Its unorthodox sneaker aesthetics have pitted the brand against industry leaders in the west, showing there is always a seat at the table for those that are pushing the needle forward.

Although mainline silhouettes such as the Sunchaser and Fury Ace have had no trouble causing a stir all their own, collaborations have become an important part of the brand's footwear output.

Alongside Soulland, Li-Ning has developed one of its most popular flagship sneakers with the Shadow, and by the looks of it, ACU's upcoming effort on the 50/50 will kickstart its foray into skateboarding.

The new silhouette is a first for both brands as ACU's debut sneaker collaboration and Li-Ning's first skate silhouette.

Traditional Chinese medicine has served as the point of inspiration for the sneaker's unique aesthetic, which features a parchment-like material that naturally tears away with wear, revealing a Li-Ning logo and a lined paper pattern below. Finishing off the look are touches of green throughout, a gum sole, and thick rope laces.

Could this be the start of Li-Ning's takeover of the world of skate shoes? Only time will tell.

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