If you’ve ever wished to walk a mile in Bill Murray’s shoes (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), you’re in luck: Adidas has taken it upon themselves to manufacture the customized sneakers worn by Steve Zissou and his team in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic. Yep, the blue-striped beauties Murray’s alter ego famously exclaimed were “great” now exist IRL. That’s the good news. The bad news? They only made 100 pairs and unless you’re an eBay whiz with a very fat wallet, you’re probably not getting your hands on ’em.
The Life Aquatic came out in 2004 (yep, we’re all that old), so why did the sneaker giant choose this moment to manufacture the merch? Well, most likely because fans have been hounding them to for literally 13 years. There have been petitions calling for the so-called “Team Zissou” shoes (met by scathing Gawker articles), countless DIY knockoffs, and even a hand-painted version from Anderson himself. With that kind of widespread dedication to obtaining Zissou-branded kicks, the real question is why Adidas chose to keep the release so small. In addition to manufacturing just 100 pairs, they were surprisingly hush-hush about the whole thing, selling them at the We Love Green music festival in Paris rather than online.
However, the festival was a fitting venue for the release given that it was headlined by Brazilian musician Seu Jorge, who recorded all those David Bowie covers for the film’s soundtrack. See? It all comes full circle in Wes Anderson world. And given the immense commitment on behalf of sneaker-hungry Zissou fans, it’s safe to say another release will probably come around soon. Unless Adidas is just totally cool with incurring the wrath of several more internet petition-makers, that is.