Jujutsu Kaisen x SYUNSOKU Sneaker Collaboration Announced For Summer Release

25.April.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

Chugai Mining Co., Ltd. has announced the release of a new sneaker collection by SYUNSOKU in collaboration with the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen which will drop this August.

Jujutsu Kaisen Collab Shoes Produced by SYUNSOKU | ¥6,050 Each (Tax Included)

The collection is made up of SYUNSHOKU’s simple and stylish SL by SYUNSOKU series of sneakers in six original colour combinations inspired by Jujutsu Kaisen.

 

The Line-Up

Yuji Itadori Models

Megumi Fushiguro Models

Nobara Kugisaki Models

Toge Inumaki Models

Kento Nanami Models

 

The shoe box features an original Jujutsu Kaisen design.

 

©芥見下々/集英社・呪術廻戦製作委員会

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