TOKYO–Uniqlo is branching out into the world of footwear.
The Fast Retailing-controlled chain has just started selling two sneaker models- one slip-on variety and one lace-up type- at its stores in the United States, China and South Korea, a spokesman said. Stores in Japan will start carrying the shoes on April 27 and outlets in France will stock them from June 8. Based on demand for the shoes, Uniqlo will consider rolling them out to other markets, the spokesman said.
Uniqlo said it is logical for the brand to move into shoes given its recent diversification push into accessories like bags and scarves.
Uniqlo said the canvas sneakers, which will retail for 2,990 yen (or $25) plus tax in Japan, come in five color variations. The brand, owned by Asia’s largest apparel retailer, said the shoes feature cushioning to absorb shock and rubber soles with good traction.