White Mountaineering’s shoe collaborations are far too difficult to pull together in a brief list: the Japanese brand has teamed up with a quarter of a dozen different shoe brands over the past few years and that’s not even including its many others. clothing and accessories partnerships. Of all of those, though, White Mountaineering’s UGG Fall/Winter 2022 collaboration might be the best yet.
Not to mention how bad other White Mountaineering shoe models are, though. The brand has created special sneakers with adidas, Mizuno, and Saucony that are all pretty nifty on their own, and even their previous UGG teams were pretty solid.
There have been floral-print espadrilles (!) and zip-up iterations of UGG’s signature fleece pull-on boot, to name a few, fusing the WM x UGG love across seasons and the temperatures.
FW22’s White Mountaineering UGGs, which will be released on September 24th on the UGG Japan website and White Mountaineering online store, are by far the most transformative link to date and, in my humble opinion, are therefore the most beautiful meeting of the minds of the pair to date, despite the composition only two different silhouettes.
Still, compared to the UGG boots and sandals we’re more familiar with, they’re borderline unrecognizable as UGGs, and I mean that in a good way.
The first is a tall, leather zip-front boot, a style similar to those issued for previous White Mountaineering x UGG efforts.
Unlike previous editions, however, these boots are finished with a minimalist grained leather exterior without superfluous panels and slimmed down to create a sleek profile, making them arguably the duo’s most stylish boots to date.
Then there’s a pair of chunky trainers that borrow some of the elements from previous chunky shoes designed by White Mountaineering and UGG, but elevate them with a sleeker platform sole, again minimizing the color palette down to monochromatic shades. .
Both shoes look quite nice, demonstrative of White Mountaineering’s solid understanding of design fundamentals.
Once you know what you’re doing, you can apply it to almost anything, as White Mountaineering has demonstrated with Briefing bags, Gramicci pants, GORE-TEX coats and, of course, UGG shoes.