Where to Buy the mita x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Mitsui San x Kunii”
Update 01.28.20 // After a small-batch release in Japan, a wider release of the mita x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Mitsui San x Kunii” has been confirmed, with Euro retailers 43einhalb listing pairs for release on February 6th. ASICS has not yet confirmed a release, but official images (further below) have appeared, suggesting that there will also be a release on their official webstore. Take a peep at the OG post and detailed look below, and be sure to keep your eyes locked n our Twitter Feed over the next few days for more updates, including the addition of more retailers to our buyers guide below.
OG Post 01.14.20 // 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 silhouette, 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. Aside 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, while 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.
mita x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Mitsui San x Kunii”
Style Code: 1193A185-000
Japan Release Date: January 23rd, 2020
Wider Release Date: February 6th, 2020
Where to Buy:
43einhalb @ 6:00 pm ET
SNS @ 7:00 am ET