Trainer of thought

Quite why the world of trainer design seems to have so comprehensively run out of steam is unclear. In recent years the only things that seem exciting are collaborations, and these are normally no more than inspired re-workings of classic models. The latest from Y-3 are — thankfully — a little more forward-thinking.

While Y-3, the line that Yohji Yamamoto designs for Adidas, has joined forces with Brooklyn graffiti artist MOMO to re-work its existing Hayworth hi-tops the appeal of the results is, thank God, futuristic rather than retro. MOMO has worked by painting a piece of leather, which is then cut into pieces and assembled, with the patterns randomised, to make a shoe that’s designed one third by Y-3, one third by MOMO and one third by chance.

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MOMO has also done the packaging, which includes a set of artwork called Elements. The incredible shoes aren’t for the faint-hearted, but hopefully they’ll serve to remind the world that it’s still possible to come up fresh styles.

350 pairs worldwide, £235, www.y-3.com