Tiger (Men's)

$75

$45

Tiger (Men's) Lace Up

$75

$45

The suede toe and heel on these canvas lace-ups highlight the intricately detailed art of a black tiger, created by the Miami-based Jose Mertz. Like much of his work, the idea for Mertz's design came from the art of ancient civilizations—namely, the Japanese Tokugawa, a 250-year period of peace, political stability, and prosperity in Japan. These luxe sneakers are shining examples of Jose's talents for both traditional drawing and graphic design.

  • Lace-up silhouette
  • Suede and canvas
  • Artist-designed screenprint on canvas
  • Cushion and comfort bubbles
  • Removable in-sole
  • High quality screenprint
  • Machine wash cold; air dry

Jose Mertz Artist

Miami, FL

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The suede toe and heel on these canvas lace-ups highlight the intricately detailed art of a black tiger, created by the Miami-based Jose Mertz. Like much of his work, the idea for Mertz's design came from the art of ancient civilizations—namely, the Japanese Tokugawa, a 250-year period of peace, political stability, and prosperity in Japan. These luxe sneakers are shining examples of Jose's talents for both traditional drawing and graphic design.

  • Lace-up silhouette
  • Suede and canvas
  • Artist-designed screenprint on canvas
  • Cushion and comfort bubbles
  • Removable in-sole
  • High quality screenprint
  • Machine wash cold; air dry

Jose Mertz

Miami, FL

Four years of studying art earned Jose Mertz a degree from the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art, but he didn’t do a thing with it. At least not for the first five years. Rather than dive headfirst into a fledgling art career, Jose opted to study at a Zen monastery in New York City. “It was psychological boot camp,” he says, “Just very hardcore stuff, based off the Samurai.” Anyone who’s seen his recent art, which takes cues from both science fiction and traditional Asian drawing, can see the profound effect his spiritual journey has had on his aesthetic. “I wouldn’t say I draw inspiration from it directly, but there are parallels between my art and ancient religious iconography. I like to keep [my art] as far away from this reality as I can.” His attempts at the fantastical have been more than successful, as his mesmerizing, sometimes haunting work has been featured everywhere from the BucketFeet Tiger shoe to Art Basel, the festival that takes place in his hometown of Miami every fall. Despite his constant stream of commissions and gallery showings, Mertz would never tell you he’s “made it.” His spirituality is the engine that powers a continual need to keep evolving and refining his style. “Pride and comfort can be the enemy. A certain level of hunger is crucial to generating work.”

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