Vans X Sailor Moon sneakers shoe design allegedly leaked, sparks collaboration rumor for Sailor Moon Cosmos movie

Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers and the poster visual for the new Sailor Moon Cosmos movie.
Leaked designs of the Sailor Moon X Vans collaboration, and the poster visual for Sailor Moon Cosmos. Pic credit: Vans? & Sailormoon-official.com

Sailor Moon social media groups, especially on Twitter, are abuzz with a rumor about Sailor Moon getting a Van X Sailor Moon collaboration for some stylish, magical sneakers.

Unofficial sources claim the new line of Sailor Moon sneakers will be launched this Fall 2022.

This rumor first began on Reddit when someone claimed “a fashion store employee said” they were coming.

Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers.
Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers. Pic credit: Vans?

Moonies are eager for more official Sailor Moon shoes collaborations

Moonies (fans of the Sailor Moon franchise) have had “Official Sailor Moon Themed Vans” on the top of their wish list for a while now. Especially, since the other Sailor Moon collaborations sold out much too fast. In 2020 Sketchers collaborated with Sailor Moon and released two pairs of adorable sandals inspired by Luna and Artemis.

Sailor Moon X Sketchers sandals.
Luna and Artemis inspired sandals. Pic credit: Sketchers

Sketchers released some other sandals previously but they weren’t as popular since they looked more like “house slippers” than actual shoes you could go out walking in.

Sailor Moon X Sketchers flip flops.
Sailor Scout-themed flip-flops. Pic credit: Sketchers

These flip flops were released by Sketchers Thailand along with some other fashion pieces, such as t-shirts. These summery flip flops come in the colors of the “inner scouts”. 

In China 2021, Sketchers released limited-edition Sailor Moon sneakers that showcased all the inner scouts’ colors. Unfortunately, those didn’t release in the USA, but if you search eBay you might still be able to snag a pair of the elusive shoes.

On May 3, 2022, Sailor Moon News (@OchibaWolf) tweeted about another leaked Vans X Sailor Moon shoes design. This one is more “classic old school”.

Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers.
Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers. Pic credit: Vans? and @sailormooncollectorsphils
Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers.
The back of the Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers. Pic credit: Vans? and @sailormoonscollectorsphils

On May 2, 2022, Sailor Moon News (@Ochibawolf) tweeted about how someone’s husband told them the Vans X Sailor Moon collab is for their skateboarding line. The model is called “The Lizzy” after a female pro skater and her signature appears on the tongue. The Pop Cush is Van’s exclusive skateboarding insole.

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Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers, design "The Lizzie".
Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers called “The Lizzie”. Pic credit: Vans?
Sailor Moon X Vans sneakers. Pic credit: Vans?

The black and white design features shots from the original anime from the 90s.

Leaked designs coincide with Sailor Moon’s pearl anniversary

The timing of these leaked Sailor Moon X Vans designs appears to be strategic due to the fact that the Sailor Moon anime is celebrating their “pearl” 30th anniversary. In honor of this, the final arc of Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga, Show Galactica arc, will be getting a two-part anime film titled Gekijoban Bishojo Sensei Sailor Moon Cosmos (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos The Movie).

The Cosmos movie will be opening in Japan in Summer 2023. A trailer for the upcoming film can be seen here:

劇場版「美少女戦士セーラームーンCosmos」特報/2023年初夏公開
Trailer for the upcoming Sailor Moon Cosmos Movie.

A poster visual for the film has also been released:

Poster visual for the upcoming Sailor Moon Cosmos movie.
Poster visual for the upcoming Sailor Moon Cosmos movie. Pic credit: @sailormoon-official.com

An all-star team will be producing the film:

  • Tomoya Takahashi, director
  • Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, script writer
  • Kazuko Tadano, character design
  • Yasuharu Takanashi, music composer
  • Yumiko Soraga, art director

On June 3, 2022, Netflix began streaming the two-part Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie. The film takes the place of a fourth season for Sailor Moon Crystal. The films cover the Dead Moon arc of Takeuchi’s manga.

In April 2016, the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered and was streamed on Crunchyroll, Niconico, and Hulu. The three streaming services aired the first two seasons overseas as they debuted online in Japan. Netflix is also streaming Sailor Moon Crystal at this time, so now’s the time to binge-watch. 

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