I’ve always been a fan of bright greens. It is the color of spring budding trees that complement black. I was that kid who wanted to be an emo, and as soon as they got the money, they went straight to the nearest alternative clothing store and bought themselves a pair of green and black striped skinny jeans.
While I’ve gone through a few stages since then, finally settling on a slightly less fancy metal-head aesthetic, my repressed emo kid jumped at the chance to check out Razer’s latest sustainable collaboration with shoemaker Cariuma — —Sneki Snek sneakers.
The high-tops I received are made from organic cotton canvas, natural rubber, and recycled plastic with the Sneki mascot on the side. Despite their green flair, they’re surprisingly subtle compared to many of Razer’s past design choices — and the company does seem to be leaning toward less showy products now, anyway. I mean, look at those sleek little Razer Blade laptops.
While my Zimbabwean friend understandably avoided the snake theme after his pet dog was eaten by a pet dog, at least I have something to say to my non-traumatized Razer fan friend.
From a distance, they look like high-quality sneakers with green details. Up close, for the uninitiated, it’s kind of like I just ironed a baby chibi snake on my super expensive kick, like a trust fund kid obsessed with reptiles without understanding their value.
That’s not to say they’re not super stylish, otherwise. Are they comfortable? Out of the box, they’re also unrestricted, partly due to the use of some recycled cardboard inserts, which my hamster appreciates.
The thick, well-padded, bright white sole of the Sneki Snek Sneakers really stood out to my entire outfit. While I usually opt for black soles, these give me an odd sense of confidence roaming the city’s backstreets. I feel like this ruse might even translate into my gaming abilities later on as well – like I can take on any enemy while rocking these funky mambas.
I still have to test them in the rain. I would have expected the canvas to saturate immediately, but they are at least able to withstand light rain. It was also windy when I was out walking, which also allowed me to test the grip of the sneakers – I didn’t blow it away, so you can take it from there.
While my initial thought was “Damn, these will get some people’s attention”, it turns out they didn’t. exactly the same. I mean, for nearly $100, I at least expect nerds hanging out outside the local game store to notice. Maybe they did, but were too shy to say anything.
The main thing though is that I feel like a queen. My feet stayed dry in the rain and I didn’t feel restricted, not even a single blister.
Oh, and I still have some spare bright green laces for when I get back to my full emo stage.
Cariuma’s impressive sustainable craftsmanship, combined with Razer’s strong color palette and cute mascot design, is perfect for Razer fans who love stylish walking advertising characters. How can you possibly feel like an idiot walking around these places when you’ve just saved 10 whole trees and prepared yourself something to save the planet?