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  • Bodega and End put their own stamp on the interplay between old and new with a detour through the world of Japanese denim. An in-depth explanation of the fashion world’s love affair with Japanese denim would be a matter requiring its own separate publication entirely, but it will suffice to say that attention to detail and traditional craftsmanship are the distinguishing features that make Japanese denim so sought after.

    Boro stands out even among the storied world of Japanese textile production. Roughly translated as ‘tattered’ or ‘ragged’, boro refers to the practice of patching over an existing cotton garment with homespun hemp or scrap pieces of fabric. The boro style was first and foremost, practical in its intent. Cotton was a scarce commodity in Japan, and in pre and early mass-industrial ages, replacing clothing or bedding wasn’t exactly cheap and easy. The boro patchwork technique would extend the life of these garments. With the advent of mass production and widespread availability, the boro practice was relegated to the role of quaint, historical tradition.

    Although the boro technique fell out of favor as a part of everyday life, the unique, handcrafted style has led to a resurgence of boro, led by cutting edge figures in the Japanese fashion industry. That’s because, in addition to being visually striking, the traditional boro method is the perfect visual metaphor for the consumption of fashion in the post-everything internet age. Just as no two boro pieces are exactly the same, every individual is free to piece together their own individual, idiosyncratic style from the wide world of influences on offer.

    The Adidas x Bodega x End Haven and the Adidas x Bodega x End Iniki Runner both utilize patchwork denim inspired by the distinctive look of boro textiles. The Haven incorporates the patchwork look on the shoe’s three stripes, giving the suede upper and gum outsole a clean and classic look, not at all out of place amongst the shoe’s 1970s ancestors, while the Iniki Runner infuses its classic inspiration with ultra modern Boost cushioning and a neoprene upper with an all-over patchwork design.

    • Nubuck upper 
    • Boro striping 
    • Foam midsole 
    • Rubber outsole 

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