Puma’s 8-Bit Sneakers Look Awesome (If You Can Find Them)By Benjamin Opal
Rendering real-world things in pixels is such a cheap way to get our interest, but it works every time. The latest example is Puma’s pair of 8-bit sneakers, which Kotaku Australia’s Seamus Byrne picked up for $120 (roughly $104 U.S.). He found them at Hype DC, an Australian chain that sells short-run, limited edition kicks, but I see no evidence of such 8-bit footwear on Hype’s Web site. Too bad, because Byrne says these Puma 917 mods are pretty comfortable, with a gap in the Achilles heal for a relaxed fit, and a feel that’s a lot like Chuck Taylors.
Puma’s 8-bit sneakers come in a few other colors — green, white and blue – as seen on Geek Sneakers, but what’s odd is that the pair Byrne got are completely different, and I think they’re the best-looking of the bunch.
Sadder still, if you’re not in Australia, I’m not sure how you’d go about getting a pair. Even if you found them at Hype’s Web site, the store only ships within Australia, and Puma has no official word on their existence. If you really need some 8-bit sneakers, I guess your best bet is to hunt for some old Bo Jacksons on eBay. [via Kotaku Australia]