The ASICS TIGER X AFEW GEL LYTE III KOI is a release that many people have been waiting for.
Back in 2012, the team at AFEW from Dusseldorf, joined forces with KOI KLUB to create a one-off hand-made version of the ASICS GEL LYTE III, 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. Dusseldorf has the largest Japanese community outside of Japan, so 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 panel, laid over a white base, sat in-between. Black denim on the 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. White is also utilised on the midsole and tongue, whilst a red lining rounds things off nicely. 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 and Soy Sauce laces, a booklet and three t-shirts. The t-shirts feature art work by the very talented KWILLS, who has done projects with AFEW previously.
Aptly, the ASICS TIGER X AFEW GEL LYTE III KOI will drop on Japan Day, which is on SATURDAY 30 MAY. We’ll have all the info you need up on our RELEASE PAGE. In the meantime, you can check out the video and some images of the original handmade pair below.
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