Blurred Lines: The Hood By Air x Forfex "Avalanche Boot" Is a Frankenstein of a Sneaker Mashup

Avant-garde designer Shayne Oliver of Hood By Air plays Dr. Frankenstein and gives a classic street stomper a total reboot.

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The mash-up of high fashion and sportswear shows no sign of slowing down, and that synergy has taken both worlds where no menswear has gone before. Take, for example, this Frankenstein of a boot from alt-couture stalwart Hood By Air and Italian footwear purveyor Forfex. HBA maestro Shayne Oliver has a knack for pushing the brand’s aesthetic to a strange, cool, atmospheric place, but the inspirations behind the details are grounded in elements that any sneakerhead will recognize.

Made from luxurious deerskin, the silhouette is an ode to Timberland’s classic six-inch construction boot, but then the pot starts to melt. The unique heel strap and neoprene-like tongue on the upper recall the Nike Air Huarache, while the familiar triangular ankle collars from the Tinker Hatfield-designed Air Jordan VII pop up beneath the padded collar, making this truly a sneakerhead’s dream boot.

Well-documented HBA fan Kanye West even gets his props in the form of a molded forefoot strap, an homage to the Nike Air Yeezy 2. Like Voltron, the sum is much greater than its parts.

Hood By Air x Forfex Avalanche Boot $1,175, available for pre-order at Barneys.


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