Australia's very own Up There is bringing a piece of the country's heart onto the global footwear stage with their latest collaboration with ASICS, inspired by the native Kookaburra.
This new iteration of the ASICS Gel-Lyte III is more than a shoe; it's a narrative on laces and leather, telling the story of the Kookaburra, often affectionately noted for its distinctive, laughter-like call. The design mirrors the bird’s natural aesthetics, immersing wearers in Aussie culture. At the foundation, a cream-white dominates, spreading across the mesh forefront, tongue, laces, inner lining, and suede protection at the base. It’s as if the shoe captures the essence of the Kookaburra’s light, earthy plumage.
What catches the eye next is the quarter's gradient, engulfed in a rich, dark brown, peppered with nature-inspired speckles that cascade into a hairy textured heel counter. It's rugged, mirroring the wild, natural habitats where the Kookaburra's laughter echoes. Then, like a spark of brilliance, bright blue flashes disrupt the earthy base - a nod to the bird's detailed feather patterns. This turquoise hue takes pride in the iconic mid-foot tiger stripes and lace tips, bringing a vibrant life to the design.
But the tribute doesn't end with colors and textures; it extends to even the packaging. Encased in a delicate cream box, a picturesque scene of Kookaburras perching peacefully on a branch greets the lucky owner, making the unboxing experience a dive into the serene Australian wilderness.
Set your sights on the detailed visuals of the Up There x ASICS Gel-Lyte III below, and look for these to hit Australian shores on October 27th, priced at $150.
International sneakerheads aren’t left behind, as a worldwide release on ASICS.com follows on November 4th.