PLEASURES’ footwear collaborations are some of the best in the biz. The prolific streetwear label has devised clever team-ups with everyone
Created with Zellerfeld, easily
PLEASURES and Zellerfeld ideated the “3D Tank Shoe”, chunky loafers that evolve the easy-on silhouette commongly styled in PLEASURES lookbooks. PLEASURES 3D Tank Shoe updates the shape with a ridged sole and one-piece construction typical of 3D-printed footwear.
Available May 19 on
Because each one made of a single chunk of synthetic material, the shoes can be returned to Zellerfeld at the end of their lifecycle to be recycled into a fresh pair.
As is typical for PLEASURES, the shoes’ design inspiration is especially thoughtful.
Typically, founder Alex D. James interweaves the pop culture touchstones that shaped his own taste into PLEASURES oeuvre. He loves
James most recently published an open letter to Aphex Twim AKA Richard D. James, the reclusive electronic music pioneer to formally ask for a PLEASURES collaboration (that they share two initials is mere coincidence, unfortunately).
Point being, nearly everything PLEASURES creates is informed by James’ own preferences. He is PLEASURES and vice versa.
So, the PLEASURES x Zellerfeld 3D Tank Shoe isn’t just a next-level loafer: it’s a reference to cult anime franchise Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Evangelion is a twisty series that begins with a classic shonen plot: teens are forced to pilot giant mechs and combat a supernatural threat that threatens the planet.
Things get way wilder as the story goes, eventually mutating into a heady psychodrama that explores and inverts Christian mythology.
Also: there’s some incredible robot designs!
PLEASURES cites the “the fighter tank worn on foot” by one of the Evangelion mech as key inspiration for the 3D Tank Shoe’s design, but you can also see the mech’s eerie faces (inspired by artistic artworks of
Plus, a few Evangelion characters typically wear loafers (Rei Ayonami and Mari Makinami) so you can make a few connections here.
All that wouldn’t matter if the shoe was ugly — and there are some ugly