The ASICS TIGER X AFEW GEL LYTE III KOI has seen plenty of leaked images and teasers, but finally we get an official look at this long-awaited release.
Back in 2012, the team at AFEW from Dusseldorf, joined forces with KOI KLUB to create a one-off handmade version of the ASICS GEL LYTE III for their first JAPAN DAY event, which created a huge amount of buzz. Ever since then, a lot of people have been calling for a wider release and now, in 2015, as part of the 25th anniversary releases, their prayers have finally been answered.
Since Dusseldorf has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, it seems like a natural choice for the colourway to be inspired by its culture. Taking its colours from the infamous Japanese koi carp, the shoe sees red suede on the toe and heel, with an off-white suede panel, laid over a white perforated leather base, sat in-between. Black form stripes add some contrast and tie in with the outsole, which also features red and white in a pattern that mirrors the fish that inspires the shoe. At the heel of the outsole is a translucent section, which allows you to see more of the koi-inspired pattern as well as AFEW branding. The details don’t end there though: woodgrain effect lace stays are teamed up with black and gold metal eyelets, whilst additional branding can be seen on the heel, as well as in place of the traditional lateral side GEL LYTE III branding on the right foot. The insoles feature photos from the original handmade pair and the AFEW store. You definitely can’t say there aren’t’t enough details to make these special!
For those lucky enough to be able to make it to the in-store drop at AFEW, the shoe will come as part of a rather special package. A custom wooden box takes on the form of a traditional Japanese Bento Box, which will not only contain the shoes, but also a dustbag, chopsticks, Wasabi/Soy Sauce laces and a booklet that explains the concept. The t-shirts seen in the teaser posted a few days ago will be sold separately. All three of the t-shirts feature artwork by the very talented KWILLS, who has worked on projects with the AFEW team for the last two years.
The ASICS TIGER X AFEW GEL LYTE III KOI will be releasing on SATURDAY 30 MAY (Japan Day) and if any make it online they will be available via our RELEASE PAGE, which you can link to below.
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