These Metal Gear Solid Air Jordans Are One Of A Kind
Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts really loves his tactical espionage sneakers.
Metal Gear Solid left behind a lasting impression on many people who experienced the game when it first launched in 1998. Hideo Kojima's critically acclaimed game has been celebrated since then with official merchandise and fan art, and now a stylish pair of Air Jordans are part of that long list of tributes.
Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts commissioned artist Bud Sanfillipo to customize a pair of shoes to celebrate Metal Gear Solid's 22nd Anniversary. Sanfillipo was tasked with recreating the signature art style of series artist Yoji Shinkawa.
Today is the North American 22nd anniversary of @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN’s PS1 masterpiece METAL GEAR SOLID.— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) October 21, 2020
It changed me.
To celebrate, I commissioned artist @bud_sanfilippo (SG Customs) to riff on Yoji Shinkawa’s iconic brush strokes & colors.
Off-White Jordan x Shinkawa-San 1❗️ pic.twitter.com/dOIJ0632rv
The end result is a pair of shoes that would leave any Genome soldier curious about who was leaving behind a stylish pair of footprints.
“Who’s dope-ass footprints are these?”— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) October 21, 2020
Vogt-Roberts has been working on a live-action Metal Gear Solid feature film since 2014: a project that he wants to keep as faithful to the source material as possible.
"I was able to say, 'Let's really think about whether we're making the truest, most balls-to-the-wall Metal Gear version of this--the most Kojima version of this," Vogt-Roberts said in a 2017 interview. "And even if that means we make it for a little bit less money, let's make the version of this that's true to what it is, fully committed to what Kojima's voice is.'"
If you're feeling nostalgic, Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance have recently resurfaced on PC via GOG, albeit as straight ports of the original games that were released many years ago.