In the vast world of independent shoe designers, you see a lot of people remixing familiar lasts into their own shoes. At the risk of inciting a lawsuit, however, I dare say that Mihara Yasuhiro and Limi Feu are about to release a sharp Air Force 1.
Maison Mihara Yasuhiro, the label overseen by its eponymous founder, has been twisting familiar sneakers for quite some time, so maybe Yasuhiro knows exactly how to barely get around copyright.
Limi Feu, on the other hand, is new to this field. She’s the daughter of Yohji (Feu is an adopted name) and rarely ventures into footwear further than the occasional Converse collaboration.
Yasuhiro and Fire aren’t exactly at odds in terms of design language — the two designers play with mismatched, piecemeal clothing in relaxed silhouettes — but certainly come from different backgrounds.
While Fire didn’t enter her father’s realm until later in life – Fire launched her brand in 2001 when she was in her late twenties – Yasuhiro has been designing clothes since she was a teenager.
His mixes of punk streetwear found early support at PUMA, with whom he began collaborating on shoe designs in 2000.
Yasuhiro’s own shoe designs remained fairly low-key until around the mid-2010s, when his “OG Sole” sneakers – homages to popular shoes set on a custom deformed sole – began to gain popularity in Asia.
Co-signed by everyone from indie label GOOPiMADE to venerable British workwear designer Nigel Cabourn, Mihara Yasuhiro’s OG Sole shoes quickly found a following across the globe.
Despite the similarities between Yasuhiro’s creations and some sneaker giants known to be litigious, no lawsuit yet!
Mihara Yasuhiro’s Limi Feu collaboration, soon to be launched on Yohji Yamamoto’s online store for ¥55,000 (about $400), is doubly special for Feu, which celebrated its label’s 20th anniversary last year.
Admittedly, the Limi Feu x Maison Mihara Yasuhiro shoes aren’t falling just for this moment, but they tie a pretty bow above all else.
Coming in all-white, monochromatic and – dare I say – “Bred” colorways, Limi Feu’s Yasuhiro collab also includes a chunky pair of boots, which feel a bit closer to Yamamoto’s comfort zone.
The drop follows a series of major moments for his dad’s company, from denim craft collaborations and baseball partnerships to a new sub-label and even bespoke apparel for The Weeknd.