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Plae Unveils Latest “Art of Plae” Installment

Eco-conscious kids footwear brand Plae has launched the second installment in its “Art of Plae” series, featuring limited edition collaborations with notable artists.

Bay Area-based artist Oliver Black, who’s body of work includes mixed media, installations and sculptures, has partnered with Plae for a four-piece capsule collection.

The capsule collection features Black’s take on four signature Plae shoe silhouettes, and the debut style, Roan, features black and white hand-drawn characters that come to life—covering every single space on the shoe from the tongue to underneath the straps. Unlike typical shoe patterns which tend to repeat, Black wanted to ensure the left and right shoes were completely different, serving as a treasure hunt of images for the wearer.

“With this particular shoe, I was inspired by the thought of a kid stuck in the car seat, looking down at his feet,” said Black. “The range of characters and designs on the Roan give kids something to look at to entertain their imaginations so they can run wild creating stories around this eclectic mix of illustrations.”

The first sneaker in the limited edition collection, the Roan, is available now online in whole sizes 8 kids to 4 youth. The remaining three collaboration styles will roll out over the course of the year.