To coincide with news of their new chapter, Babymetal announced that they have teamed up with digital fashion brand IBLOCK to release a pair of virtual NFT sneakers.

A pair of what, you ask? NFTs, also known as non-fungible tokens, are non-replaceable digital works of art powered by blockchain technology. And now you can wear NFTs on your feet. Not your real feet though, that would be nonsense – we mean your virtual feet, inside the virtual world of the Metaverse.

Babymetal also announced – if we understand correctly – that they will be launching their own metaverse known as the metalverse, where you can wear your new kicks.

Across the metalverse, a new “restoration project” has been conceived, known as The other, which will see metal duo Kawaii begin their new chapter, following their announcement that saw their “10-year-old legend sealed from the world” last October. Translation – Babymetal hinted they were going to “fade from sight” after their 10th anniversary in 2021, and now they’re back to confuse and dazzle us further.

A total of 10 designs were created from the Babymetal x Airsmoke sneaker, and they are titled Cavalry, Illusion, Coffin, Reverse Mirror Reflection, Monochrome, Smoke, Light And Dark, Transition, Mirror and Throne. They will be available for purchase on OpenSea, with an ETH seed auction starting on April 7 at 2:00 p.m. (BST). The sale will end on April 11 at 02:00 (BST).

To mark the announcement of the new chapter, Babymetal has also released a trailer which reveals, “On October 10, 2021, a decade after BABYMETAL descended on this earth, their 10-year legend was sealed from the world.

“Fossilized metal spirits have left the dystopian world where chaos still continues and are still traveling through the metal galaxy. However, with the advent of the METALVERSE virtual world, a new chapter is about to begin.

“Thanks to the METALVERSE, a restoration project called THE OTHER will reveal a side of BABYMETAL we didn’t know existed. “It’s the “other” story of BABYMETAL.”

According to 1BLOCK, the virtual sneaker market is growing in popularity, especially in North America, where a virtual fashion brand called rtfkt made headlines with sales of over $3.1 million in 7 minutes. Unlike standard NFTs, the market is not limited to collectibles, but will expand in the future to include games, VR space, and other multiverse applications.

Check out the designs and watch the trailer below:

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