Big Red Boots
MSCHF Sneakers, the footwear-focused division of the Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF, doesn't always produce sneakers. True, many of its most well-known pieces feature designs that, at first glance, seem to be quite conventional, but skilled manufacturing takes them to new heights.
The most recent and finest example of this is MSCHF's enormous, red, Astro Boy-inspired boots, which defy the concept of the word "sneakers" and the company's whole body of work.
If you’ve been living under a rock and you haven’t heard about these Big Red Boots, a brief synopsis is in order: these boots are a pair of bright-red, knee-high shoes composed of ethylene vinyl acetate and thermoplastic polyurethane (plasticky rubber) (rubbery plastic). These resemble the red boots worn by Astro Boy, the humanoid kid superhero and main character of the 1950s-era Japanese comic series. They were produced by the streetwear brand-art collective MSCHF, based in New York, and they were launched on February 16th, 2023.
You've never seen a pair of boots look quite like these, which were designed by MSCHF to resemble Astro Boy's iconic sneakers in the real world. Yet, when releasing its most recent sneaker design, MSCHF is avoiding any mention of Astro Boy for obvious legal reasons. On February 6, more than a week before its scheduled debut on February 16 at 11 a.m. EST on MSCHF's website and MSCHF Sneakers app for $350, the Astro Boy-inspired MSCHF shoes went on sale online.
Not long after its release, its price went from $350 to a whopping $1,800. A bit pricey for gimmick shoes, one might say. But if you’re into those, then this one is a definite COP for you.