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Attack on Titan footwear from UBIQ

Now you can join the ranks of the Survey Corps from Attack on Titan with stylish pair of hightops! UBIQ has created a limited edition pair of Converse Chuck Taylor look-alikes based on the designs of the jackets worn in the hit manga and animated series.

The shoes are very simple in appearance: they have a white rubber outsole with beige canvas upper and a deep green interior. The sides feature an embroidered mini-pocket that fastens with a metal button and are screen-printed with the Survey Corps emblem. Each pair comes with thick black laces. Men’s sizes are available between 25 to 29 cm (US sizes 4 to 11) while women’s sizes are 22 to 24 cm (US sizes 6 to 8).

UBIQ Survey Corps Sneakers Survey Corps logo UBIQ Survey Corps Sneakers

Reservations for UBIQ’s Survey Corps sneakers can only be made online through 2PMWORKS in Japan until December 26th, 2013, or until stock runs out. Each pair retails for ¥10,290 JPY (approximately $105.20 CAD).

Sources: Natalie, 2PMWORKS

MADFOOT! X Naruto sneakers

MADFOOT! X Naruto Sneakers

MADFOOT! X Naruto Sneakers

In Japan, it’s not unusual to see popular brand names release a product or a line of products based on a particular animated series. Footwear company MADFOOT! did so earlier this year with their crossover staring the one and only ninja, Naruto. These limited edition high-tops will keep you comfortable even on the most arduous S-Rank missions.

MADFOOT! went all out with the design of these sneakers. The box is a colourful combination of the orange-and-black ninja performing a variety of break-dancing manoeuvres over a background of Tokyo’s glitzy Shibuya ward. These same Naruto patterns are placed on the sneakers themselves over a white or black backdrop (dependant on the pair you buy). The image quality on the sneakers is not that impressive — you can see the individual dots on the design which looks a bit like some really old colour comic books.

The toecap is made with a firm orange fabric; feels a bit like canvas. Just above, there’s a miniature version of the Konohagakure head plate which fits in well with the black laces. A black Naruto Shippuden logo on a white background is stitched into the top of the tongue. Running up the heel of the shoe is a bar of orange and black with red swirl, reminiscent of the back of Naruto’s jacket. The outsole has a herringbone pattern in the character’s trademark orange and black colours with a MAD logo in the middle. This shoe has Naruto’s colour scheme down to a pat: the inside is lined with a soft, yellow fabric, most likely for the aspiring hokage’s hair.

Overall, the shoes are decent. Aside from the quality of the Naruto images on the shoes, they’re pretty comfortable and fit well. I dropped ¥5,100 JPY (which was marked down from ¥8,925 JPY) for a pair in size 28.5 (equal to size 10½ here in Canada and the United States) through Japan’s Rakuten online shopping web site.

Anime Footwear

Most anime series have loads of merchandise featuring images of the main characters or logos and replicas of items used in those series. There’s a lot of apparel from some of the more popular series; Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Bleach, to name a few. Among the t-shirts, hats and hoodies are the elusive pairs of shoes. While Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! have sneakers tailored towards younger kids, UK based T.U.K. made skate shoes for Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach along with Fullmetal Alchemist slip-ons. Nike and Bandai teamed up as well to create a limited edition pair of runners based on Naruto for the Japanese youth market.

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Bleach Skate Shoes

Bleach skate shoes

Bleach skate shoes

I finally got the Bleach skate shoes I ordered a few weeks ago. Made by TUK, the shoes are black and white, with a skull print on the sides and a stitched blue, white and red stripes. There’s also another skull embossed in white on the sides as well as one on the bottom. The shoes also come with a pair of black or white laces. The design are very nice and it’s not overwhelmed with flashy colours or emblems. These are pretty cool.

Mine are in size 11, and are very comfy. TUK used the design similar to the Fullmetal Alchemist sneakers made a few years earlier for Hot Topic (I have a pair of those as well).

Unfortunately, there were only 360 pairs made for Viz and were available exclusively on their web site. The shoes are come in men’s sizes 4 through 13.

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