mita and ASICS Unveil a Patriotic Take on the GEL-Lyte III
Aside from Ronnie Fieg, there’s been no collaborative partner fro ASICS than fellow countrymen mita. The Japanese retailer has been delivering ASICS collaborations so thoughtful and crafty over the years that even the ASICS GEL-Lyte III creator considers them family. And as we embark on the silhouette’s 30th anniversary, designer Shigeyuki Mitsui and mita’s Shigeyuki Kunii have linked up once more for a special-edition release.
In an intimate conversation, the two legends shared their thoughts, ideas, and feelings on the iconic silhoette, even delving deep into the details of their respective lives: Mitsui talked about his designing of his magnum opus and Kunii went on to recall the early makings of his now long-running career. With all that being said the two settled on their most common attribute, their nationality, by paying homage to the Land of the Rising Sun. From the profile, the circular red toe blocking resembles that of the nation’s flag, while and all-white vamp and heel continue it. The iconic Tiger stripes on the lateral remain tonal, while the medial side introduces reds and light blues. Asdie from the pair’s unique color blocking, it does arrive with a few material makeovers and retoolings, including quilted collars, the addition of zipper to the split tongues, and eel pulls in the rear. “FAR EAST” etched under the outsole once again champions the patriotic themes, whle a more personal touch is used to complete the designs: the last name’s of both partners are printed on the interior to further establish the colorway as a person-to-person project.
Grab a detailed look at the pair here and expect to find it at mita come January 23rd in Japan with a stateside release hopefully on the horizon shortly after.
mita x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “30th Anniversary”
Release Date: January 23rd, 2020