I just ran into these beautiful sneakers made of snakeskin (synthetic, perhaps?) and available only in Japan. They're just gorgeous.
I guess Japan is a big market, maybe the largest, for sneakers. We all know how avant-garde Japanese style is, but they could sell these special-edition gems all over the world, couldn't they?
Thinking again, it's better off that they're only available in Japan, or I would spend all my money on these exclusive sneakers!
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