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Lexus collabs with RTFKT to create special-edition IS350-inspired sneakers

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A few weeks back, Lexus showed us its absolutely bonkers IS350 F Sport gaming rig. Now, it’s got yet another IS-based creation: these IS350 sneakers. Not as outrageous as the gaming setup, yes, but it’s just as interesting.

This pair was created in collaboration with global streetwear collective RTFKT. It was inspired by the design of the 2021 Lexus IS. In fact, it was even partly constructed using actual materials from the vehicle itself.

“We wanted to make sure when the audience looks at the sneaker they instantly know it is the IS,” said RTFKT creative director and co-founder Chris Le.

“All the intricate design elements come together, and at a first glance it’s a neckbreaker,” added RTFKT CEO and co-founder Steven Zaptio.

2021 Lexus IS

The shoe sports the vibrant blue finish taken from the Grecian Water color option that’s new for 2021 IS models. The sole resembles a tire, while the front end’s look is derived from the car’s signature spindle grille. Additional 3D-printed materials mimic the IS’s carbon-fiber bits.

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The sides of the shoe, meanwhile, get the Black NuLuxe with light gray stitching that can be found on the IS’s seats. The silver stripe here resembles the car’s headlights. An F Sport tag has also been added along with a Lexus badge on the velcro strap.

“RTFKT put the same passion into developing this one-of-a-kind shoe that we did in developing the new 2021 Lexus IS,” said Lexus marketing vice president Vinay Shahani. “Steven and Chris delivered a head-turning sneaker that unmistakably mirrors the bold design and impressive performance of the IS.”

2021 Lexus IS shoe concept

Unfortunately for you sneaker-slash-gearheads out there, this special-edition shoe is a one-of-one creation and will not be sold anywhere. But if you had the chance, would you want to rock this pair?

2021 Lexus IS brain storming

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