When MSCHF asks you to destroy its sneakers, you oblige. Even if those $195 sneakers are flipping for over double retail.
On July 28, MSCHF and Jimmy Fallon dropped their collaborative Gobstomper shoe — yes, Gobstomper, not Gobstopper (that’s a copyrighted Willy Wonka candy, thanks) — to much anticipation, having already been teased by the Tonight Show host during his show and on his Instagram account.
So, once we actually got our own office pair from MSCHF, we assumed that a regular photoshoot would be in order. The usual stuff: in-hand shots, on-feet, all that.
But the Brooklyn-based art collective directed us to “destroy” the shoes. And we obliged.
The thing about the Gobstompers is that they’re meant to get shredded. Once they get worn down, the shoe’s uppers reveal hidden layers of color, creating a unique pair of shoes informed by its owner’s wear patterns.
It’s a nifty trick that recalls Lance Mountain’s Jordan 1 and Maison Margiela’s painted shoes, which lose their uppers through wear.
First, we asked the folks following Highsnobiety’s Tiktok to recommend a few methods of destruction.
Skating them, as was the intended design, is unfortunately out of the question ‘cuz we need to see results asap and once we saw some folks asking us to blow them up with dynamite, we knew something much tamer was in order.
With no C4 in hand, our Tiktok and Instagram managers attacked the shoes with cheese graters, knives, scissors, anything sharp that we could get our hands on.
Unfortunately, I think MSCHF made the Gobstomper too tough: we could hardly scuff them at first.
Only once the dremel tool came out did we make any real progress.
The end result is far from the ripped-up mess we were expecting but they’re still quite handsome, if I do say so myself.
Splotchy panels of hidden color were exposed once the Gobstomper was torn apart, from the midsole to the toebox and beyond. An impressive amount of vivacity was laid bare, with different hues appearing the deeper we dug.
If you got your own Gobstomper, we obviously recommend wearing them. They’ll look better that way.
But for the sake of delicious experimentation, we just had to see how many drill bits it took to get to the center of the Gobstompers. Turns out, quite a few.