GAME OF THRONES fans who happen to be sneakerheads may want to schedule a quick trip to Singapore to see the four limited edition, custom-designed Game of Thrones x SBTG sneakers which will be on display from April 17 to 30 at the Limited Edt Chamber store in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
The special sneakers were commissioned by HBO Asia to celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series, which starts airing today at 9 a.m. on HBO GO and HBO (with an encore tonight at 10 p.m.) then every Monday at 9 a.m. and 10 p.m..
HBO Asia teamed up with Singaporean sneaker designer and home-grown label, SBTG, to create four bespoke sneaker designs paying homage to the series. While not available for sale, fans and sneakerheads in Asia have a chance to win one of the four pairs through a contest on a dedicated microsite (https://gameofthronessbtg.hboasia.com/). The contest ends on April 25.
The artist behind the SBTG label, Mark Ong, combined his signature military-inspired designs and intricate detailing with iconic Game of Thrones themes for the sneakers. Three pairs are designed with colors, motifs and quotes from House Targaryen, House Stark, and House Lannister while the fourth pair is given an icy transformation by the Night King and his White Walkers. Each pair is embedded with Near-Field Communication (NFC) chips powered by VeChain, a public blockchain platform that allows any potential collector the ability to verify the authenticity of each pair through VeChainThor blockchain. The NFC chips also contain exclusive behind-the-scenes videos of each sneaker design which can be played and viewed by anyone using the Vechain mobile app.
Mr. Ong, a.k.a. Mr Sabotage, is a sneaker artist and streetwear designer who has achieved cult status with a dedicated following of sneaker collectors both locally and abroad. His shoe customizations and streetwear designs are inspired by punk-rock and skateboarding culture. In 2002, he sold his first pair of customized Nikes online, which kick-started his journey as a pioneer in the field of sneaker design. He now runs his home-grown label SBTG (short for “Sabotage”) with his wife and partner Sue-Anne Lim (a.k.a. Mrs Sabotage), catering to custom-designed sneakers and apparel. Among their celebrity customers are basketball players Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry, and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, HBO’s hit Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom.