ASICS‘ wealth of inline offerings has appealed to the brand’s loyal customers, but its consistent stream of striking collaborative projects has lured in the streetwear crowd. In recent memory, the Japanese sportswear label has joined forces with the likes of Brain Dead and Awake NY for special collections, and now it’s tapped bal — formerly known as balanceweardesign — and mita sneakers to put together a winter-ready GEL-LYTE III collaboration.
Functionality is the most important component of this upcoming collaboration. The three parties have equipped the classic lifestyle model with GORE-TEX uppers to keep your feet protected in wetter climate conditions, and this is marked by the weatherproof fabric’s moniker that is stamped on the lateral heels. Leaning into a darker palette, the sneakers are styled with “Gunmetal” tiger stripes and overlays along with solid black toe boxes and quilted quarter panels. The laces are designed with a striking pop of red and are locked down with an adjustable toggle system. Furthermore, the traditional split tongue construction has been modified to a zip specification to align with its technical sensibilities.
Peep a closer look at the pair in the gallery above and note that these are slated to launch via mita for ¥19,800 (approx. $151 USD) on February 11.
For other news, check out the upcoming UNAFFECTED x ASICS GEL-KAYANO 14 collection.
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