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nonnative knows shoe. The venerable Japanese fashion label has had its way with many a sneaker and boot over the years and, somehow, nonnative has never missed. Its latest example, a gorgeous earth-toned Mizuno Wave Mujin, upholds that winning streak.

nonnative and Mizuno's Wave Mujin TL Mid GTX is, as the name implies, an update to Mizuno's recently-retroed Wave Mujin TL. While other colorways of Mizuno's trail-meets-street sneaker have ranged from natural hues to Y2K whites, nonnative's Wave Mujin is realized in its preferred beige and, frankly, it's never looked better.

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I've been admiring nonnative's footwear game for years. The first shoe it designed that I fell in love with was nonnative's Montrail Phoenix — a stunning suede spin on an obscure trail shoe — and everything that's followed, from Guidi boots to insane ASICS hikers has hit the spot.

Same goes for nonnative's Mizuno Wave Mujin, like I said, which drops at COVERCHORD's website on April 17 for ¥27,000 (about $200).

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Not an insane price for a shoe this handsome, I say. I calls 'em likes I sees 'em and nonnative's Mizuno is, I dare say, a hot tamale.

And I offer this angle with no real interest in either mid-top sneakers or GORE-TEX footwear, mind you: as much as I love the waterproof capabilities of GORE-TEX-lined shoes, I usually find 'em a little stuffy for my tastes. I get the appeal, though.

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nonnative isn't just a purveyor of handsome sneakers and fine footwear, of course. nonnative designer Takayuki Fujii has lead the label to ample success with a fairly approachable mentality of function-driven clothing that hinges around wearable silhouettes.

Though nonnative's clothing line sports some thoughtful accents that make it ever more appealing — stretchy technical fabrics, cleverly adjusted seams for comfort, hidden hardware that grants easy on-off — I can't help but be drawn to the shoes above all else.

What can I say? It's good stuff!

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