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Mizuno Sky Medal

Founded by Rihachi Mizuno in the early 1900’s, its footwear production had one objective in mind: to create uncomplicated athletic gear, accessible to everyone. The Mizuno Sky Medal, now a retro runner, is exactly what they sought.

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Mizuno’s original inspiration, back in the early 1900’s, came from the founder’s fascination towards baseball culture from the USA. The Mizuno Sky Medal is considered a cult-classic silhouette, developed and made available during the 90’s. Part of Mizuno’s vast running catalogue, this retro runner offers an all-rounder style and feel linked to sportswear in general. Originally released to the public in 1993, and worn by track and field legend Carl Lewis in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the Sky Medal has been reworked, though keeping its signature details and elements. Underneath, the pair's molded EVA sole sports avant-garde Transtab cushion system that would also influence and trigger the development of Mizuno’s own Wave technology.

AFEW x F95 x Mizuno Sky Medal "Heimat"

AFEW x F95 x Mizuno Sky Medal "Heimat"

Düsseldorf is the home to many different cultures and backgrounds, hence, there is no better way to represent your “Heimat” (home) than joining forces with your local football club: Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Mizuno Sky Medal originally debuted in the early 90’s, however this retro sneaker in collaboration with AFEW displays some unique features. From the top, the upper is dressed in off-white leather and mesh with inserts in red and white, their team colours. Additionally, the word “Heimat” is written in 30 different languages in the medial. Some details elude the eye; like the insoles, where the “95” and “12” digits represent the year that the club was founded and the 12th man on the pitch - the supporters - respectively.

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