To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this pivotal icon in shoe history, Asics have brought back one of the OG colour ways of the Asics Gel Lyte III, White / Flash Coral.
The upper is constructed primarily in white nubuck and mesh, whilst the iconic Asics tiger stripes are displayed in premium leather. The Asics ‘split tongue’ design is seen in the same vibrant ‘cherry red hues’ as the front section of the outsole, the laces and branding detailing throughout the shoe. The shoe is completed with a black toe box and black heel panel to balance the bright punches of colour throughout the silhouette. All of these details are used with balance to confidently nod to the heritage of this retro runner trainer.
The Asics Gel Lyte III is the most recognisable for the GEL range. Its split tongue has become a statement of design that represents the brand across the world. When interviewed about the split tongue design, Shigeyuki Mitsui said: “The split tongue was created with my senior developer and I chose to use this structure on the Gel Lyte III. His reasoning for the split tongue is that he felt it was a more advanced design: the normal tongue design often slips to the lateral side, but because the split tongue is in two parts that are fixed to the lateral and medial side, it has good function for performance. The real reason I chose the split-tongue is because when you put on a normal shoe you have to use both hands, which is very troublesome. With the split tongue, I don’t have to.”
Even though Asics has turned to celebrate the roots of this shoe, it continues to make interesting headlines with recent emerging images of the collaboration between Asics, Atmos and Round Two founder, Sean Wotherspoon. Along with this there are rumours of a collaboration with Kiko Kostadinov, a Bulgarian Fashion Designer based in London.
The Asics Gel Lyte III OG White / Flash Coral – 1191A266-101 is available online and in store now priced at £94.99. Click Here to shop this style now.