May 10, 2016

Here’s a collaboration for the badasses – iconic American lifestyle brand Cole Haan has teamed up with mastermind Japan to release an all-black, two-piece capsule collection that’s sure to be your parents’ worst nightmare, in shoe form.

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It may be succinct, but the collection, comprising the ZEROGRAND Wing Oxford and ZEROGRAND Chukka, has more than enough attitude. Cole Haan’s signature ZeroGrand trades in its usual neutral palette for a makeover worthy of our My Chemical Romance emo-rock days (admit it, you had them too). The complete monochrome black we have mastermind to thank; the Japanese brand’s signature skull icon is printed on the tongue and shoe upper too, to bring both brands together, literally. And if you’re a little put off by the clunkiness of the shoes, you’ll be surprised to know that they offer superb lightness, cushioning and flexibility – nothing at all like the rough stompy shoes they seem to be. The final cherry on top – both styles are made shock-absorbent and layered with a natural storm welt to keep the rain out; which basically makes them perfect, versatile rain shoes to battle Singapore’s random downpours.


Cole Haan x mastermind Japan collection, $499, launches today and is available at Paragon #02-11 and Suntec City North Wing #01-473.