words // Brennan Hiro Williams
Sneaker Freaker introduces its latest footwear collaboration, teaming up with PUMA to produce the stylish new "Bunyip."
The legend of the Bunyip is deeply embedded within the Australian psyche. Clouded in layer upon layer of mystery and fog, this ‘evil spirit’ lurks in muddy billabongs, creeping out under cover of darkness to go bump in the night.
Renowned for possessing a rich baritone, the Bunyip’s crooning is said by those who have heard it to have an intoxicating effect, lulling victims into a giddy stupor. Survivors of Bunyip raids are rare but describe them as looking ‘like a walrus crossed with a dingo’. Others are sure they are six-feet tall with beefy arms, bad breath and strange necklaces made from wombat bones. Whatever the truth, the original source of the legend is credited to ancient mythology. In modern times, the Bunyip has collided with popular culture – the antipodean equivalent to the Yeti and Bigfoot.
The Sneaker Freaker x PUMA "Bunyip" is a reconstruction of the PUMA Dallas model, utilizing a thick goat suede upper on a crepe sole. A premium, soft leather liner allows the "Bunyip" to be worn with or without socks.
The shoe will be released in the Asia Pacific region and online at sneakerfreaker.com in the coming weeks.