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.
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.