Highsnobiety’s collaboration with the iconic Japanese sporting label Mizuno is official. Those with a sharp eye might’ve spotted the sneaker in our history of the brand or on footwear designer Hikmet Sugoer’s Instagram page but, following months of work, the Mizuno x Highsnobiety Wave Rider Phoenix is finally ready to spread its wings. Here’s your first detailed look.
Mizuno rereleased the classic Wave Rider 1 in its original form as the Wave Rider 1 OG back in March, reminding the world of its once groundbreaking design and current relevance. The first shoe with the familiar Mizuno Wave plate, the Wave Rider 1 debuted in 1998 and defined the brand for years to come. The collaboration, therefore, highlights one of the brand’s most significant silhouettes as Highsnobiety becomes a part of this ongoing story.
As seen in the gallery above, the shoe’s upper features a combination of materials: military nylon mesh, nubuck, suede, and full grain leather. The color palette isn’t restricted either, giving life to the Phoenix concept with various shades of grey, a bold red and, at closer inspection, a soft pastel blue that’s used on the tongue, outsole, and toe box Runbird logo. Other subtle details include the reflective lace keeper and piping and the Highsnobiety branding located on the heel counter, tongue, and insole. The iconic Wave plate features in the same shade of red used on the upper and sits inside a white EVA midsole.
The Mizuno x Highsnobiety Wave Rider Phoenix drops in the coming weeks and we’ll have more information very soon. In the meantime, check them out in the gallery above and let us know your thoughts below.
Mizuno is as OG as they come, read our detailed history of the brand and check out exclusive interviews here.