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Presenting the SS3 by the SoleSavy Community

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Alijah Landing

***For the first time, we’re offering the  SS3 to the public. You can shop the sneaker here. ***

In the past two years, we’ve had the amazing privilege of working with Garrixon Studios on two pairs of bespoke sneakers. In 2020 we produced 325 pairs of the SS1 (inspired by the AJ1) and last year we followed up with 800 pairs of the SS2 (inspired by the AM90). Both pairs were made using authentic soles of each model. We’re now proud to announce our third project with Garrixon, the SS3.

Our first two projects were inspired by iconic sneakers of yesteryear. With the SS3, we’re flipping the script. Not only was the SS3 a fully original build using a Vibram sole, but it was built by a group of 180 members from the SoleSavy community. This shoe isn’t just for our members, it’s by our members.

Inspired by the iconic The Great Wave Off Kanagawa woodblock print, everything from concept to sole color was decided with direct input from our community. The final product is a sight to behold and we’re incredibly proud to share this with all of our members. To commemorate this experience we’ve put together a timeline to show how the process unfolded.


September 10, 2021

We had one of our first Zoom meetings with Garrixon and members for the shoe on September 8, 2021, to discuss the general shape/direction we should take for the SS3. The results were the initial sketches for the shoe. Peep that “S” weaved into the lateral side. 

September 17, 2021

After the initial sketches, the community had a few takeaways. A smaller/less exaggerated tongue, removing the Huarache-like heel strap and wanting to explore a SoleSavy tag for the shoe.

September 22, 2021

Members began to play around with color samples. Every color palette and inspiration under the sun was on the table at the moment. We had ideas inspired by everything from Buzz Lightyear to a bacon sandwich.

September 22, 2021

Community member, Michael Kay, aka @msk1cks began brainstorming colorways inspired by classic works of art. One of which was of course The Great Wave Off Kanagawa woodblock print. That colorway gained a little buzz amongst members.

September 24, 2021

“Playing off @msk1cks idea of classic paintings, Kanagawa really stuck with me. One reason is it inspired me to think of SoleSavy as this wave coming for the rest of the sneaker industry to pave a new path for future sneakerheads and inspiring a colorway off that got me excited. The big S could be the wave. So here are a few ideas for this one. I would print this painting on the insoles if we legally are allowed.” – DP

September 25, 2021

After seeing Kay’s initial idea and DP’s cosign, Kanagawa-inspired colorways began to catch on in the community and were confirmed to be the direction for the project.

September 28, 2021

After confirming Kanagawa was the theme, it was time for the community to decide on color-blocking. Four options were in the running and the community voted on their favorite.

September 30, 2021

After voting on the color-blocking for the shoe, we needed to decide on which color sole paired best. Another vote was held, the community decided between a blue, white, and gum sole.

November 23, 2021

Materials for the shoe begin to arrive. The first sample should arrive just at the turn of the year.

December 2, 2021

The first pullover for the SS3. Garrixon used this all-white base to nail down the design and shape of the shoe.

January 10, 2022

Community member, Nithin Kadayil, aka @NKYDL made a suggestion for packaging. A wooden-style box (an homage to the original print) that features the Kanagawa wave on the inside. Peep that tissue paper, it features early ideas and sketches for the SS3.

January 18, 2022

Garrixon sent over a swatch card for the first SS3 sample. It was really cool to get a look at the textures and materials that’ll comprise the shoe.

January 19, 2022

We have our first sample. The community came together and had a few notes for the Garrixon team:

  • Replace panels with pebbled leather
  • Darker navy toe box
  • Painted blue sole
  • The toe box looks too round/boxy 

January 27, 2022

Garrixon noted the feedback from the community and was quickly able to turn around a second sample. DP happened to be in Philadelphia so he was able to give the community an on-foot look at the sneaker. 

January 28, 2022

DP continued to wear test the SS3 and provide feedback to the Garrixon team. He even stepped in the kicks cam with those beauties.

February 2, 2022

After wear testing and conversing with the Garrixon team, a few updates were run by the community:

  • Swapping the leather sock liner for mesh (similar to the one utilized on the SS2) for more padding, support, and breathability. 
  • For the tongue, leaving leather on the outside but on the backside using a mesh to improve comfort and how it sits on your foot.
  • The sole color was corrected to ensure it was a more neutral blue to match the remainder of the shoe

February 11, 2022

Detailed shots of the SS3! She’s a beauty, huge tip of the cap to all of the members that had a hand involved in designing the SS3.

The SS3 will retail for $190 USD and come in whole sizes 5-13. The shoe runs true-to-size so we recommend sizing up for a roomier fit or sizing down for a more snug fit. Members, be on the lookout for preorder information. A post will be made in #announcements with all the info you need to secure your pair.

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Sole Savy is unreal! With a busy schedule it’s hard to keep up on shoes, and the group keeps me up to date on releases, tips on how to manually cop, and a marketplace with killer deals from fellow like minded collectors. It’s changed the sneaker game for me!

@SoleSavy is the truth. They've helped me cop kicks I never would've imagined getting at retail. Members always willing to assist on drops too. And most of all, a REAL community of REAL sneakerheads. These guys should be the gold standard for sneaker communities! #LifetimeMember

My membership paid for itself three fold by being solely responsible for my union 4’s, mesh sacai waffles, sacai blazers, court purple aj1s, glow in the dark yeezy 350s, travis scott lows (which I traded to get desert ore ow’s), air max 1 londons, bc3’s for way under retail etc.

Can't say enough about SS. The stellar help with copping shoes is a given but it's the community that makes it extra special. Hands down one of the best decisions I made as a wannabe sneakerhead.

The community of sneakerheads and resources available to help manually cop are great and really will help you get more Ws. The Zoom calls for hyped drops like Union Jordan 4 only adds to the camaraderie while providing real time instruction

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