Recently, Gundam has been coming together with a bunch of different companies to bring forth collaboration merchandise in celebration of the franchise’s 40th anniversary. This time, Gundam teamed up with Chinese sporting goods manufacturer 361° to release a line of summer streetwear apparel, including t-shirts, sporty pants, and… the RX-78-2 Gundam style sneakers.
In my opinion, the clothing in the Gundam and 361° collab stands out a bit more than your average Uniqlo designed shirt. The shirts’ designs are angled more towards a streetwear style, and the pants in the collection have been designed specially to coordinate with the rest of the collection. Indisputably so, the RX-78-2 Gundam sneakers are what shines the brightest in this whole collection. The sneaker’s style clearly plays on the recent trend of “dad shoes” becoming street fashion, much like Balenciaga or Yeezy’s.
The sneakers perfectly resemble the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam manned robot, down to the almost patriotic color palette and tasteful choice of embellishments. The shape of the sole is what gets to me the most, it makes the sneaker look chunky and sturdy. The stripes on the laces make them look even more like your dad’s brand new, Wal-Mart New Balance shoes except high fashion. The little flight tag on the heel of the shoe adds to the feel of being styled after a giant robot that is capable of fighting wars in space. Gundam and 361° also gave us a peek at their sneakers modeled after Char’s Zaku II, and I actually like them even more than the RX-78-2 Gundam shoes because of the buckle strap across the middle.
The RX-78-2 Gundam sneakers are available for only 72 USD on the 361° Tmall site, a spin-off of Taobao. However, it unfortunately looks like it’s not possible to order them from outside of China at the moment. We can only hope they hit a resale market somewhere, sometime, or maybe a Taobao agent.