Despite all that’s going on in 2020, this year is still a special year for the Super Mario franchise, as it celebrates its 35th anniversary. And what better way to do so than with the release of a new game, as well as a fresh new collection of kicks?
Hypebeast reports that Nintendo has done up a new collaboration with Puma to release a new pack of sneakers inspired by the iconic video game series in the Nintendo x Puma Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection. The three silhouettes included are the Clyde, Future Rider, and RS-East, the designs of each are inspired by one of three games part of the recently-released Super Mario 3D All-Stars on Nintendo Switch.
The Puma Future Rider (US$90) pays homage to the OG Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 from 1996. Its white/tan colourway looks a lot like Bob-omb Battlefield, the very first level in the game, and features hits of red and blue to represent the little Italian plumber, with an all-red outsole to boot. A very fitting brick design adorns the rectangular attachment on the midsole. Moving on to the back is the Mario logo on the heel counter, and capping off the shoe is a hang tag featuring Mario donning his Wing Cap.
The design on the Puma Clyde (US$80) is a nod to 2002’s Super Mario Sunshine on the Nintendo GameCube. This tan/red shoe is the cleanest of the collection, and hearkens back to the tropical Isle Delfino level. This is especially evident in the blue water-like pattern on the Puma logo on the upper. The hang tag featured here is Mario with his F.L.U.D.D. water cannon.
Rounding out the collection is the Puma RS-Fast (US$120), and is a loud and proud throwback to 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy on the Nintendo Wii. This black/white shoe features hits of purple on the laces, tongue and sockliner, and silver all along the upper and lace cage. The black bits on the upper and midsole are speckled with white dots as a nod to the space-centric theme of the game, while the iconic star sits pretty on the tongue. Mario floating alongside the star is the hang tag of this sneaker.
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