Shoes 53045 Bump’Air

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Fashionistas clamouring for the end of chunky soles might change their mind after seeing this cool new BUMP’AIR sneaker-shoe hybrid from a relatively new label, Shoes 53045 (the numbers essentially read ‘ShOES’ when viewed upside down) that’s designed by David Tourniare-Beauciel.

David has been working for some of the biggest names in fashion, starting out as Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant when he was just 24. Over time, he worked for Phoebe Philo and Stella McCartney at Chloé, before moving on to Martin Margiela, and then Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy. His breakout came in 2017, when he designed the shoe of the year, Balenciaga’s iconic Triple S sneaker alongside Demna Gvasalia.

So it made perfect sense for him to launch his very own direct-to-consumer model that not only costs less, but is also priced lower (USD400 a pair) than an average designer sneaker of today. The BUMP’AIR comes in a pretty wide range of sizes from 35 to 45 and are also unisex, so girls who want in on a pair can get in as well.

Shoes 53045 also proudly declares that their sneakers are handcrafted in a high-tech athletic factory in China (could this be the same facility where Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers are also made?) and is completely free of animal products. Yes, there’s no real leather involved, but rather a polysynthetic upper, with a thermoplastic polyurethane midsole (that’s the see-through portion) and thermoplastic rubber outsole.

Finished with a comfy foam/mesh insole and nylon laces, the BUMP’AIR is available in 4 colours now (Black, Flame, Ice and White) and currently up for pre-order over here. Yes, they do offer free shipping from its delivery centre in Hong Kong, with all pre-orders progressively filled from 6 March 2019.

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