You know a sneaker is special when it receives an official nickname. Back in December of 2009 Sneaker Freaker and New Balance introduced us to their brainchild, an 850 named Skippy. The inspiration for the colorway of the sneaker actually comes from Australia’s mascot, the Red Kangaroo, which is also how it got it’s nickname. Deciding on the 850, the Sneaker Freaker team started by stripping the original down then adding their own touches. This included memory foam-like padding around the collar and additional padding in the tongue to have it stand more upright like a kangaroo.
The coloring options were unique on the special project and include a combination of Caramel around the toebox, Black primarily in the middle and Neon Yellow on the liner and other small bits. Next came the material choice, which started off with the choice of authentic kangaroo leather. Soft and supple, and commonly used on high-end footwear and football boots, k-leather was a natural choice for the project. “Upon sober reflection, we justified our design as a signifier of two world’s colliding. In this case, the back half is traditional retro-runner with fluoro pops, while the front half represents the new world order. Earthy and natural, it’s hard to think of a less sporty colour than tan leather. Some shoes look great on the shelf but ridiculous on the feet, but in our experience, the Skippys are in their element when they’re being worn. What can we say other than it works a treat?”
The result of Sneaker Freaker’s efforts is a special sneaker that not many people were able to get. Are you one of the lucky #sneakerholics to get your hands on these special SNKR FRKR 850’s?