by Brian Lipton

Hoka One One has teamed up with the American- and Japanese-inspired street fashion label Engineered Garments for the fourth time to create a special edition of its Bondi L shoe. The all-gender style will be available at Nepenthes New York stores on Thursday, August 12th. It will also debut at Nepenthes Tokyo stores, on Hoka’s U.S. and Japanese websites, and at other select retail partners on Thursday, August 19th. Available in four colorways — Black Cow Hair, Simply Taupe Cow Hair, Sand Leopard Print, and Brown Croc Print — the new shoe retails for $200.

Inspired by the concept of a “formal running shoe,” the limited new Engineered Garments design fuses well-crafted materials and unique patterns to create an elevated version of the classic Bondi. Engineered with an early stage Meta-Rocker for a smooth ride through each step, the new model features a leather upper and wide footbed for inherent stability.

“For this design, I wanted to merge some of the staple elements of past Engineered Garments’ shoe and boot collaborations into a sneaker. With the functionality and comfort of the Bondi L, I found it to be an open canvas and the perfect silhouette for this project,” said Daiki Suzuki, founder and creative director of Engineered Garments.

Added Gretchen Weimer, vice president of product at Hoka One One: “Our fourth collaboration with Hoka showcases yet again the intersection of performance and fashion, and the brilliance that can result when the cutting edge of both those worlds come together to build something unique.”