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Brand: Shang Xia
Model: Shuneaker, in two styles
Key Features: The pastel green 3D printed sole that resembles the structure of bamboo and, on the limited edition model, the embroidered silk upper and the elasticated knot closure that replaces conventional laces.
Release Date: Pre-order starts on August 4 and the sneaker releases on August 18
Price: $385/￥2680 for the limited edition model, and $315/￥2180 for the general release
Buy: Online, at Shang Xia’s stores in Shanghai, Beijing, and Paris, at select INXX stores, and via the 2CCM app
Editor’s Notes: Luxury Chinese brand Shang Xia has taken its first step into sneaker territory with the Shuneaker, a high-end sneaker with a 3D printed sole created using 4D technology.
For those unfamiliar with Shang Xia, the brand was established in 2008 to shift the perception of “made in China” goods by blending modern aesthetics with traditional Chinese craftsmanship. Shang Xia’s product range includes clothing, accessories, furniture, and jewelry, which are designed using methods inspired by artisan techniques and constructed from materials sourced from within China. Two of their products – a woven bamboo handbag and a traditional lidded box – are on permanent display at the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Continuing to merge tradition and modernity, Shang Xia has now launched its first sneaker, the Shuneaker, using 4D technology. The sneaker comes in two styles, both of which feature a pale green, 3D printed sole that resembles the structure of bamboo.
Limited to just 66 pieces, the more exclusive style forgoes conventional laces in favor of an elasticated knot-and-loop closure reminiscent of those found on traditional Chinese clothing. Additionally, the upper boasts silk underlays embroidered with a pattern inspired by the voyages of Zheng He, an explorer from the early Ming dynasty who led several voyages around the Indian ocean. The second style features mesh underlays and a standard lacing system. Both are available in black and white colorways.
To accompany the sneakers, Shang Xia is dropping the “Da Ri Yue” collection, which comprises bracelets, silk scarves, and t-shirts. The collection once again references traditional Chinese culture while giving it a modern spin.