Ben Medansky x Koio trainers on Island Atelier


This collaboration between Ben Medansky and New York shoe brand Koio is the perfect study in minimalist symbiosis. Based in Los Angeles, Medansky is known for his ceramics which feature speckled glazes, geometric clusters and repetition of angular shapes with touches of "Yves Klein blue". These inspirations were incorporated into the design of the sneakers in several clever ways: the bright blue of the sole is offset by the blindly white speckled leather uppers, both of which harken back to Medansky’s ceramic works. The addition of a ceramic accent on the laces was the perfect touch to tie (no pun intended) everything together. The use of this natural material, which the designer has termed "shoellery" as it forms jewellery for the shoe, into the overall design is an unusual but beautifully executed detail.

Ben Medansky x Koio trainers on Island Atelier
Ben Medansky x Koio trainers on Island Atelier
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