Converse Launches “Sakura Sneakers” Made with Real Cherry Blossom Petals

Sakura Converse Shoes

Nature and style merge in Converse‘s latest collection of fashionable kicks. Made in collaboration with Japanese textile maker Toyoshima, the company is soon to release sakura-inspired, pink high-tops that are actually made with real cherry blossom petals.

No sakura trees were damaged in the making of the shoes, since an abundance of pink petals fall naturally each year during cherry blossom season. In fact, buying a pair of these petal pink sneakers will help to increase the number of trees in Japan—a percentage of each sale will be donated to projects dedicated to planting cherry blossom trees in areas such as the northeastern Tohoku region where forests and vegetation sadly washed away during the devastating tsunami in 2011.

The colorful twist on the classic shoe is part of a trio of sneakers dyed with raw materials. In addition to  the “Sakura” shoes dyed using cherry blossoms, there’s also a baby blue pair called “Blue Mallow”—named after the herbal tea that was used to dye the canvas—and brown “Drip Coffee” sneakers dyed using real coffee grounds.

All three options will be available to buy for 9,000 yen (US$83) on the Food Textile online store starting in August 2019.

Converse's latest collection includes a pink pair of “Sakura” high-tops made with real cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossom petals are used to dye the shoes in a light pink hue.Sakura Converse Shoes

There's also a pair dyed with “blue mallow” herbal tea…

Sakura Converse Shoes

…and real coffee grounds!

Sakura Converse Shoes

All three colors will be available in August 2019.

Sakura Converse Shoes

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All images via Converse.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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