French clothing brand AVNIER has continued their collaboration with Salomon, with whom they now launch the S-Lab XT 5 Softground model for spring-summer 2020. The ‘Mirage Effect’ shoe is inspired by the Marathon des Sables, a race of more than 250 km through the Sahara desert and described as the hardest running race in the world.
The sneaker’s color palette is a reference to the shades seen by runners through the desert, including “Arena,” “Ivory,” and “Stone.” To offset this selection of colors, there are accents in “Electric Blue” and “Laser Foil” as a nod to a mirage of water in the desert.
The collaboration features a number of technical elements such as perforated mesh and ripstop nylon, Quicklace lacing system, Contagrip Chevron outsole and SensiFit construction.
Speaking about the launch, AVNIER Creative Director Sébastian Strappazzon explained that the brand aimed to “explore the paradox between freedom and moderation, relaxed and controlled, dualities that one can find across the desolate landscapes of the Sahara where a feeling of endless freedom contrasts with the restrictive conditions of the desert «.
The sneakers will launch through the AVNIER web store on June 17.
Photos: AVNIER x Salomon