A Great Big City

Berlin Subway Sneakers Include Free Transit Rides

2010-01-10
2010-01-10 via dphiffer on Flickr

NYC straphangers are usually more concerned about what ends up on the bottom of their shoes.

Young upstart transit system BVG in Berlin celebrates its 90th anniversary with a special pair of shoes that match the subway system's color scheme.

The limited-edition shoes brought long lines on launch day, but even if you're not a sneakerhead, you may have lined up to buy one of the 500 pairs. Embedded in the tongue of the shoes is a season pass ticket for the BVG transit system, which itself is typically worth €730. With all the free transit rides, the €180 price of the shoes is almost too good to pass up.

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The patterned fabric of the BVG subway seats served as the inspiration for the shoes, which would make MTA shoes a nice shade of washed-out orange and yellow for older seats, or the robin's egg blue of newer seats. Add in some subway-tile-white accents and maybe "SEE SOMETHING / SAY SOMETHING" wrapped around the heel of each shoe, and then we'll have some stylish kicks to wear during our subway's 115th anniversary in 2019.

Until then, find us fighting off the subway's Pizza Rats as they try to nibble our pepperoni-pizza-patterned Vans slip-ons:

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