Since I've started writing about sneakers, I've learned a lot and started to really appreciate Asics on a whole new level. The shoe brand stays up in the game with constant releases and sick colorways. Becoming one of my new favorite brands. Therefore, let's learn about the history of the Asics Gel Lyte III model real quick. Interesting enough, they were first released back in 1991. This specific model has become a veteran in terms of the many collaborations involving sneaker retailers stateside and overseas which have designed their own rendition of the classic silhouette. One of the most distinct details of this low-top runner is the "unorthodox" split tongue set up. Clearly, the fine details and signature makeup are what keep the Asics Gel Lyte III model on top of today's shoe game of retro releases.
With that being said, I am pleased to introduce the future of this retro runner. Next up and highly anticipated is the joining forces of Afew x Asics to bring you the Gel Lyte III "Black Koi" edition. The German-based shop plans to run an auction for this one-to-one creation which will benefit the Children-Hospice Regenbongenland in Germany. Yes, shoes for charity. The proceeds will go directly to the foundation through the set up involving KLEKT. Please go and check it out. The auction started yesterday, May 20th and will end on Saturday, May 23rd.
Inspired by Japanese Koi and in honor of Japan Day festivities… the shoe will feature awarding details for the 25th Anniversary for the Gel Lyte III model. Representing the history of Japan Day which will tell a story throughout the shoe. The pair will come with a wooden Bento Box including a special booklet, Afew x Asics chopsticks, and two extra paris of laces signifying wasabi and soy sauce. How clever. This exclusive release will drop in-store first and remaining sizes will be available online.
Release Date: May 30, 2015