Model: Butterfly Retro 2018
Key Features: A busy, color-blocked upper is constructed using mixed materials and sits atop a chunky sole unit. The midsole features hits of colors in the heel area, while a black outsole keeps things simple. A buckle strap connects the lateral and medial sides of the shoe through the heel for added support.
Release Date: N/A
Editor’s Notes: The Li-Ning Butterfly 2018 is a redesigned version of the podium shoes worn by Chinese athletes at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Coming in a series of colorways, the updated silhouette features striking similarities to none other than the YEEZY Wave Runner 700.
While the sneaker itself has been around for 18 years, the Butterfly’s updated design features clearly borrow cues from Kanye West’s efforts from last year, most likely in an attempt to latch on to the hype for the Wave Runner.
Debuting the silhouette at New York Fashion Week, the Chinese sportswear brand has outfitted the Butterfly 2018 in various eye-catching colorways, from a reflective silver to a white/black/green/blue getup.
No news has been released on pricing or availability, so flip through the images below and stay tuned for updates.
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- Main & Featured Image: Li-Ning / Instagram