Fancy Some “Shoe-Shi”? These Sushi Sneakers Look Just Like Nike Shoes

 

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Move over, latte art. The latest trend is sushi art, or sushi crafted meticulously to resemble the latest sporty footwear with Nike, Adidas and Yeezy footwear as the main source for inspiration. From sneakers to pool slides, each work of sushi art features threads of seaweed, salmon and other thinly sliced pieces of fish intricately pressed, twisted and assembled.

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The sushi chef in question is the Milan-based chef Yujia Hu, whose menu for “Sushi Sneakers” offer interesting choices including a Yeezy “Salmon” 250 for some classic salmon sushi with a touch of seaweed stripes, and Nike “Wasabi” Kyrie 2 for those who enjoy a bit of heat. For pure visual appeal, the Nike “Original Sushi Sneaker” Air Jordan and Adidas ‘Nori’ NMD are splitting images of the original sneakers, with the former even sporting its very own salmon basketball! According to Hu, the sushi can be ordered only by commission. Aside from “shoeshi”, the chef also crafts sushi after various sports stars and manga characters, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Stephen Curry and Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z.

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The China-born Hu recently collaborated with art curator HUM to debut limited edition prints of his sushi art, which cost approximately S$40 for an A4 sized copy to S$60 for an A2 sized copy on photo paper. Versions of the sushi art prints on fine art paper are currently available from S$70 onwards. The sushi chef previously attended a school of Arts, though his studies were interrupted when he had to work at Sakana Sushi, his family’s restaurant in Milan. Hu’s passion for art and graphics were never far away, however. As with his love for basketball, the chef starting experimenting with sushi, applying different techniques to create onigiri versions of NBA superstars, sporty footwear and street alike. Hu currently posts photos of his fascinating creations on his Instagram handle @theonigiriart, with an occasional diversion from his usual sports and streetwear theme in the rare ‘Tuna lemons’ and… Santa Claus.

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