Tom Sachs’ “Tea Ceremony” exhibition has landed in Tokyo, and with it, a strange new pair of Nikes on display.
The Croc-like silhouette bears a strong resemblance to the Nike HTM Solarsoft Sandal, co-created by Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker for the HTM project.
The yellow slip-on has the added feature of a magnetic Fidlock buckle, the same one used on Sachs’ still-unreleased Mars Yard Overshoe. A tab (also a la the first Mars Yard Shoe) features on the heel, alongside Nike branding, and the design as a whole seems to fit perfectly into Sachs’ industrial design-inspired ouvre.
Finished in a rubber duck-shade of yellow, the mysterious shoe could also be part of Sachs’ ongoing NikeCraft project, which he describes by saying “It means a combination of things only Nike can produce and things only Sachs can produce. It is fifty-fifty. It is an aesthetic of transparency.”
The particulars of this shoe remain unclear, but we will be sure to update this article once more information becomes available.