Hender Scheme’s Buggs Mule arrives for Birkenstock’s Boston

Brand: Hender Diet

Model: Mule Bugs

Season: Winter/Spring 2022

To buy: Hender Scheme Online Store, TAKEOVER AGREEMENT, Architecture + Sneakers

Price: ¥48,400 (about $420)

Editor’s notes: From duck boots to Crocs, Hender Scheme parodies know no bounds. That’s why we were hardly surprised to see the Japanese brand continue to remix Birkenstock’s iconic Boston mule in recent seasons.

However, I wasn’t ready to witness the extra-luxurious version of Hender Scheme on the Boston, the Buggs mullet.

To be clear, the Buggs mule isn’t so much a Birkenstock homage as the Hender Scheme MIP (Manual Industrial Products) 24 slip-on, a direct homage to the classic Boston.

Still, he takes similar cues preeeeeetty so I’d say he falls into almost the same camp.

It’s worth remembering that Hender Scheme doesn’t make its shoes the same way as the sneaker and shoe brands it sometimes imitates: all Hender Scheme kicks are made in Japan with premium materials sourced from tanneries. and local artisans, giving the resulting product an artisanal feel.

Hand-stitched leather or Vibram soles further distinguish MIP products from the shoes that inspire them.

The Buggs mule sports a grippy Vibram underneath and its smooth leather upper is a far cry from the more utilitarian skins that shod Birkenstock’s slip-ons.

Fine silver hardware, white contrast stitching and a delicate perforated medallion at the toe give the Buggs a high level of elegance, reiterating that while it may be inspired by the people’s shoe, it’s more of a delight. of the upper crust.

It’s also a bit slimmer than the Boston in profile, but not too much.

I love Hender Scheme’s understatedly opulent shoes, of course, but I’m an avid Birkenstock wearer and can’t imagine switching to something as chic as the Buggs for everyday wear, despite its probably cork sole. comfortable.

It’s a good attempt and a nice shoe on its own, but nothing beats the beauty of the beloved Birks.

Hender Scheme recently collaborated with Clarks on deluxe Desert Boots not too dissimilar to the OG design, but I often find their collaborative product pales in comparison to their in-house design.

The same certainly cannot be said for Birkenstock. The German company unveiled a truly stunning Dior partnership in January, with its timeless mules transformed into luxe off-road footwear thanks to wide straps and buckles.

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