Retro runner Mizuno Sky Medal gets a street credo 

If you’re into the dad-esque kicks like the New Balance 990s and embrace the ‘90s fashion with fondness, the Mizuno Sky Medal might pull at your heartstrings. A historic running shoe from 1993 that made its first appearance on the feet of Olympic athletes returns in all its early ‘90s retro glory. This time, it reemerges and creates a dash not on the running circuit but into the streets and hearts of sneaker-loving individuals. 

Mizuno finally steps into the sneaker game

Japanese sportswear label Mizuno, broadly linked to athletic footwear in the fields of baseball, track and field, soccer, running, tennis, golf, and so on, recently tapped the lifestyle market as well. Under its Sportstyle catalog, Mizuno brings out sneaker profiles, while under its Kazoku program, it taps equal-minded lifestyle retailers for collaborative pieces. 

Sky Medal variations

For the Sky Medal, the brand teamed up with several stockists and streetwear labels to develop tasteful collaborative masterpieces. Its traditional full-grain leather and nylon cover is spun into different styles and colors. You’ll see it in its OG form, a mix of crisp white with black hits and the trademark Mizuno Runbird emblem, all-black, vibrant fuschia, and a medley of other shades. European and Japanese fashion boutiques and artists have made their signature capsules on the Sky Medal. Some of them are:

  • Patta
  • Hanon
  • Footpatrol
  • Carefree
  • Mita
  • Pieter Ceizer 

And there could be more as it's becoming one of the favorites for reworks in the retro sneaker department.


The current trend of Mizuno Sky Medal.
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