Model: Dead Flesh
Release Date: 19 April and 3 May
Editor's Notes: Something's creeping out of the dirt. No zombies here, just Brain Dead and Oakley's new joint venture led by research and development – the Oakley Factory Team.
Developed as a means of creating new and innovative products, birthed by conceptual design and experimentation, the Oakley Factory Team looks to push the boundaries of product and storytelling – which feels very on-brand for Brain Dead.
Oakley's rich history and archive serve as a staging ground for this disruptive vision, solidified by the team's first product launch with the revival of the Oakley Flesh.
First launched in the early 2000s, the attention-grabbing sneaker silhouette offers an aesthetic that's somewhere between a dystopian Elon Musk-led reality and 1999 dreams of the future. Basically, it's weird – weirdly satisfying.
The silhouette's resurrection as the Dead Flesh comes in three styles. Each maintains the sneaker's original rendering, complete with a rubber midsole with a phylon layer and open chambered sole.
Brain Dead & Oakley's updated version now features oval gels across the upper for a distinctly alien-feeling aesthetic, finishing in "Ice," "Lime/Blue," and limited-edition Oakley Factory Team Flesh in "Sand/Blue."
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