Dutch (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) and co. probably wish they would have had these sneaks when the Predator came a-prowling in the 1987 classic of the same name. Though they don’t offer a cloaking device or thermal imaging per se, what the sneakers lack in alien technology they make up for in homage to one of the greatest action movies of all time.
Using green and yellow lenticular camouflage, Reebok has mimicked the Predator’s invisibility cloak, while the brand’s logo peeks out from the top of the shoe’s tongues like Predator’s glaring eyes. Printed on the interior of the tongues are the phrases “over here” and “turn around” in the Predator’s native alien language. Military coordinates are handwritten in red ink on the side of rippled and curved lizard-like mid-sole, referencing both the original film’s military team infiltration the Central American jungle site and the Predator’s strange amphibian/reptile shaped body.
Topping it all off is one of the Predator’s spine trophy souvenirs hanging from the laces of one shoe. But the cinematic details and don’t end there — the box also contains fun details like a heat-map overlay imitating the Predator’s thermal-imaging vision and a few booby-traps containing hidden messages to appeal to die-hard fanboys and casual watchers alike.
The sneakers celebrate the release of the latest incarnation of The Predator series, Shane Black’s remake of the original, only this time it’s based in the backwoods of Georgia, the soldiers are all ex-military, and the Predator is smarter, stronger, and deadlier than before. But remember, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
The 20th Century Fox X Reebok DMX Run 10 Predator sneakers will be available September 14, 2018, to correspond with the box office opening of The Predator. The sneakers will be available at Reebok, extrabutter.com, and retailers worldwide.
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