POP culture sneaker collabs are getting more common nowadays — Have you seen the adidas Star Wars kicks? Or that Nike x Kyrie x SpongeBob collection? — but the new Skechers x One Piece announcement is still one of the most left-field drops we've seen in a while. They're now available for exclusive online pre-selling at the Skechers Philippines website up to November 3. They have also been available in select Skechers stores since November 7.
"“We really want to elevate it for our customers,” said Eya Pascual, Skechers brand manager. “Kasi the millennials ngayon iba na ang taste nila, they want classics na may twist.”
Who can say no to these Skechers D' Lites 3, with designs inspired by characters from one of the most popular and long-running anime series ever? They just didn't go for the obvious choices, too — of course there's a Monkey D. Luffy colorway, but they're also featuring the deep cuts: Trafalgar Law, Boa Hancock, Blackbeard, and Luffy's brother Portgas D. Ace.
“We always knew Luffy was gonna be a big hit,” said Art Navarro, Skechers brand manager. “We knew there was a fan base but we didn’t know that there was that following talaga.”
Available in both men’s and women’s sizes are Monkey D. Luffy, Trafalgar Law and Portgas D. Ace, while Blackbeard is exclusive for men’s and Boa Hancock is exclusive for women’s.
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Updated on 10 November, 4:11 pm with an interview with Skechers and clarification on availability.