Last weekend Yohji Yamamoto graced our shores with a new colour way of the exceptional silhouette known none other than the Qasa High.

Although iterations have been around for a while now, since the début of the Qasa High back in 2013 we’ve seen Y-3 become the innovator for the new style of sneaker of this era. I remember clearly way back when the collection of shoes coming out from Y-3 in the early 2000’s were something that the majority of the sneaker community turned their backs on (guilty). The design was way too out of the norm for our heads to get around. The shoes were great, though only seemed to look great on the catwalk, not in reality. But as the culture transitioned to high-end street and were opening up to unique shapes and profiles, the Qasa High’s couldn’t have come at a better time. It has become such an influential piece that Adidas have integrated the tubular sole, heel counter and strap design into their own line of sneakers.  And not to mention nike other brands following a similar development in integrating a more minimalist slash futuristic feel to their trainers. Today we get a hands-on of what this sneaker is all about.

The Qasa High is definitely one of the more aesthetically pleasing silhouettes that Y-3 has to offer, especially when the triple black first released. That urban ninja vibe it had going has only now become more popular. And with this new Red/Black colourway I get an impression that this will capture the hearts of many sneakerheads. The distinct cut in contrast between the red and black three-quarters from the back of the sneaker really outlines the unique features this shoe incorporates. The high lacing that has only three eyelets complimented by straps mid-way with a trace of leather at both ends is a good example of how a minimalist design can be so detailed. The heel angling slightly inward and having the whole upper constructed on an off-white chunky tube sole with subtle branding near the toe has pulled off a shape that is somehow oddly proportional and appealing.

Now the price tag is steep compared to your average roshe or tubular (even though these do not even compare but the general consensus seems to think otherwise), but I can safely say you get what you paid for. Although the majority of materials used to construct the shoe are synthetic and not Portuguese ostrich leather treated by master craftsmen from Italy and what not, the build quality is better than your average. And the use of neoprene throughout has not only helped to pull off such a design but has also made the shoe ever so comfortable, and this is a big thing. Most sneakers that are sold from high-end lines throw function out the window to compensate for its facade, resulting with the classic case of sacrificing comfort for fashion. So it is great to see one that merges form and function to leave the wearer pain-free and shoe game on point. And for someone who appreciates design and function, Mr. Yamamoto has set the bar on how it’s done right.