Update [Fri 18th Nov, 2022 22:30 GMT]: A new shoe in the Pokémon X PUMA collection was released on November 12th, with Gen 1 ghost-type Gengar as the theme. The sneaker, which is a TRC Blaze Court in Electric Purple/Fiery Red, does not appear to be available on the PUMA website, although several shoe enthusiast sites have it listed in their second-hand marketplace. The rest of the sneaker designs — including Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur — are available to buy.
Update [Wed 2nd Nov, 2022 17:00 GMT]: The Pokémon Company has now officially announced the collection with a simple tweet.
The shoes will be stocked at The Pokémon Center stores as well as other shoe stockists, but we'll likely get more details in the coming weeks.
For more details on the shoes, including photos, check out our story below...
Original article [Tue 1st Nov, 2022 20:30 GMT]: The Pokémon Company is partnering with sports brand PUMA to create a range of suede sneakers for both adults and kids, and they're pretty darn swish. It's got us seriously considering whether we've got enough... drip? Is that how the kids say it?
Shared on Twitter by PKMN_Style (thanks PokéJungle!), the five different shoes represent Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, and rather than going all over the top, there are subtle design differences to make each pair unique.
Inside the shoe, there's a silhouette of the Pokémon (or Pichu for Pikachu), and there are different designs on the soles to match the respective Pokémon. There's a little type symbol on the back of each shoe, and a cute little charm featuring your chosen Pocket Monster. And of course, they all match the colour of their Pokémon, but in a way that isn't too garish.
We think our trainer game — both in Pokémon trainer terms and shoe terms — will be greatly improved by these. Take a look at them and see if you agree!
The shoes haven't officially been announced yet, though a few different retailers are listing the shoes online right now. Kids Foot Locker has the children's shoes priced at $90, with a release date of 12th November. We'll likely hear from The Pokémon Company or PUMA soon about where, and when, we can get our hands (or feet?) on these shoes.
What do you think of the shoes? Will you be catching them all when they drop? Get your shoes on and head down to the comments to tell us!