END. travels to Tokyo to absorb the best sneaker style from outside the presentations at Tokyo Fashion Week AW19
An international symbol of post-modern consumerism, Tokyo is a visual tapestry of competing references and cultures. Famed for a symphonic skyline which switches from temples of ancient pasts to skyscrapers of distant futures with unquestionable elegance and propriety. The far-east’s answer to NYC, Tokyo is a bar-setting metropolis which blends old and new like an expertly curated gallery where each element is captivating in isolation, but utterly mesmerising when absorbed as one.
A follow up to the street style coverage from the Japanese capital, the international style elite put their best foot forward in the sneaker stakes, pounding the pavements in the most coveted Nike and adidas models of the past 12 months.
Styles from the Swoosh were best represented with myriad silhouettes and colourways of Virgil Abloh's 'The Ten' - most notably the Zoom Fly and AM90 reissues earlier this year, which marked the end of the iconic partnership.
Nike's divisive Zoom Vomero 5+ with Samuel Ross of A-COLD-WALL* also made an appearance; one of last year's most polarising sneaker releases, beaten out only by Martine Rose's bulky take on the Air Monarch 4.
For the three-stripes, the power of high-profile collaboration also shined through with adidas x Raf Simons Ozweegos and YEEZY styles pounding the pavements outside the presentations.