Aside from old-timers like Flesh Imp and Depression, the scene boasts emerging labels like Youths in Balaclava, which is now stocked in Dover Street Market, fashion’s barometer of cool. We’ve also seen countless major collaborations with local artists and labels: Nike x Sam Lo, Adidas x Love Bonito, ASICS x Tobyato, just to name a few.
Let’s not forget Culture Cartel, one of the biggest street culture conventions in Southeast Asia, which takes place here every year. Some of the biggest releases at the annual showcase come from our own island — especially when it has SBTG’s name on it.
That’s the moniker of Mark Ong, the homegrown artist who is renowned for his edgy, military-inspired sneaker customisations. Hot on the release of his New Balance collaboration, SBTG has unveiled yet another project for sneakerheads to get excited about.
This time, he has teamed up with ASICS and Limited Edt, Singapore’s cult sneaker boutique chain, to launch the Monsoon Patrol II collection. You may recall the first collection from 2018, when the trio introduced limited-edition ASICS GEL-Lyte III shoes that were designed to withstand whatever weather conditions that our local climate throws our way.
The new Monsoon Patrol II sneakers follow the same concept. SBTG builds on the sporty GEL-Lyte III silhouette, designing the shoes’ uppers with suede in shades of green and grey — the kind you would find on SBTG’s iconic camouflage patterns, for example. Speaking of, those military-inspired motifs are printed all across the shoes’ insoles.
Like the first version, the Monsoon Patrol II sneakers come with a split tongue (a signature of the GEL-Lyte III) and a padded shroud, but SBTG has also branded the latter with the name of the collection. Another stark difference in the new pair are the laces: The shoestrings are elastic, they come in yellow and black, and they wrap all around each sneaker, secured by toggle fasteners. SBTG has dubbed it the “Rebel Lace System.”
It’s just one of many details that the artist has added to appeal to the local adventurer. Or “Urban Islander”, as he might call them. As mentioned, the Monsoon Patrol II collection is meant to be weatherproof, and given that we’re in the middle of the monsoon season, the sneakers couldn’t have come at a better time.
How to cop the ultra-rare, Singapore-only sneakers
The Monsoon Patrol II sneakers in Lichen Green / Piedmont Grey are now retailing on Limited Edt for S$209, but we’re more excited about the all-black edition that’s available only in Singapore. The exclusive pair features a style upgrade — think sleek uppers made of quilted leather and suede, as well as neon orange laces.
There are only 72 pairs available, but to snag one you’ll have to purchase the first colourway. You’ll get a coded dog tag that might let you purchase the all-black pair on Limited Edt. Or you might be lucky enough to find a “Golden Card” hidden in the shoebox, which means you’ve won both the Singapore-only sneakers and the original 2018 release for free.
You don’t want to miss out. The Monsoon Patrol II sneakers are pretty versatile, being stylish enough to flaunt on Singapore’s streets, and practical enough to head out to great outdoors with. Above all, they’re a pair of all-round, made-for-Singapore shoes unlike any other. That’s priceless, as far as sneakers go.
Discover the Monsoon Patrol II collection on Limited Edt.
(All images: Asics)
This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.