Japanese sportswear company Mizuno collaborated with Naruto to create a series of sneakers inspired by the characters of the juggernaut Shonen.
Mizuno designed its “Contender” line of sneakers to represent the main characters Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha. Each pair of sneakers are designed to reflect the style and color scheme of the character they are based on. For example, the outside of Naruto’s sneakers are bright orange and black, as is his iconic Shippuden jumpsuit, while the inside of the shoe is bright yellow in reference to his hair. Sakura’s sneakers are indicative of her affinity for pink, with the two hues used on the shoe echoing her iconic bob and qipao dress. Sasuke’s pair have a much darker color scheme than the other two, their deep blues and purples reminiscent of the Uchiha’s hair, shinobi gear, and brooding personality.
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There are also special details on the tongue and heel of the shoe. An Uzumaki crest and Uchiha fan are embroidered on each heel of Naruto and Sasuke’s sneakers, respectively, to represent their clans. Sakura’s sneakers have a white circle emblem on their heel, a symbol that is present in most of the outfits she wears throughout the series. All three pairs also have the Konohagakure Trio’s village leaf symbol engraved on the top of the shoe’s tongues.
the Naruto The franchise continues to be immensely popular, with its manga being the fourth best-selling manga series of all time. He follows the brave young ninja Naruto Uzumaki on his quest to become Hokage, one of the greatest honors a ninja can obtain, to gain recognition in a village that ostracizes him. Naruto is part of Team 7 alongside his classmates Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha, and together with their sensei Kakashi Hatake they embark on various missions and fight dangerous enemies.
While the main storyline of the anime ended in March 2017 after a combined total of 720 episodes, the continued life of the trio can be followed in Boruto: The Next Generations Of Narutowhich stars Naruto’s son Boruto Uzumaki and the other children of the shinobi in Naruto comme Sarada Uchiwa et Shikadai Nara.
The Naruto Contender sneakers will be available from January 8, and each pair will cost around $ 115. They can be purchased from the Mizuno website and some Japanese retailers.
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