Arts & Leisure

Sebago teams up with band for limited edition boots

Posted on March 04, 2013

NAUTICAL-STYLE footwear brand Sebago has released a limited edition boot designed by Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band Linkin Park.

Known for its large variety of fine quality boat shoes and dress shoes, Sebago continues with its innovative and creative design partnerships by adding to its roster the band behind the worldwide hits “In the End,” “Somewhere I Belong,” and “Leave Out All the Rest,” among others.

The result is a military-inspired unisex boot that reflects the band’s unique artistic perspective. Dubbed Jungle X, the boot is made of a mix of black leather, canvas and a Vibram rubber sole.

The boot has lace-up detailing, and has stitching along each side together with subtle Linkin Park logos -- making the boot cool enough for the sneaker-obsessed guy, but practical enough for rock stars when they are on their feet performing the whole night.

The new boot was launched in Manila on Feb. 5, just days after the shoes made its successful worldwide debut in New York.

“Manila was chosen to launch this collaboration because of our strong following for Sebago as well as a very solid Linkin Park fan base,” Gifford Chu, president of Shoemakers Shop, told reporters last week. Shoemakers Shop is the exclusive distributor of Sebago in the Philippines.

Shoemakers Shop Marketing Manager Gilson Chu said only 100 pairs of the boots will be sold in the Philippines, 100 pairs in the US, and 100 pairs in Japan.

The boots retail for P10,499.75 and are available in select Sebago branches namely: Greenbelt 3 and Power Plant Mall in Makati City; SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City; SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City.

“Both Sebago and Linkin Park share the same passion for creativity as well as social responsibility. Aside from being a creative endeavor, this project will aid victims of natural disasters worldwide,” he said.

The marketing manager said 10% of proceeds from the boot will benefit Music for Relief. Founded by Linkin Park in 2004 to aid tsunami victims in Southeast Asia, Music for Relief has evolved with a focus on providing aid to victims of natural disasters while promoting sustainable living practices to fight global warming.

With the Sebago boot, Linkin Park joins the long list of artists with their own shoe collaborations, including Metallica (which teamed up with Vans last June) and Madonna (who launched her Truth or Dare shoes last August).

Joe Hahn and his fellow Linkin Park band members, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell and Mike Shinoda, share a strong artistic vision both in terms of their music and fashion sense.

Their love of sneakers and other shoes spurred their desire to design for Sebago. “We couldn’t have picked a better brand to partner with than Sebago for our debut into footwear fashion and design,” Mr. Hahn was quoted as saying in a statement furnished BusinessWorld.

“Their commitment to premium footwear and their excitement for creative, fresh, talent allowed us to create the custom boot we envisioned,” he added. -- JOV