Finally time to post these! I’ve been working on this pair for way too long (grad school = priorities?).
Anyway, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon so I decided to pay homage to THE dragon, Mr. Bruce Lee (In Mandarin, Li Xiaolong, which means “little dragon”). Arguably the greatest martial artist of all time, on screen and off, Bruce changed the way martial arts movies were made. When I thought to make this pair of shoes the colorway was obvious: the iconic jumpsuit from the film he didn’t get to see through to the end, “The Game of Death”.
When I leaked teaser pics online some people naturally thought of Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Kill Bill”. While I can’t deny Uma Thurman in all her big-toe-wiggling, hanzo-wielding, eyeball-squishing glory, no one wore it better than the Dragon.
“Be formless… shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You pour water into a bottle; it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot; it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or creep or drip or crash! Be water, my friend…” – Bruce Lee, 1940-1973