The ASICS x SLAM JAM GEL-LYTE III 6THPRLLL reverses the 2010 Slam Jam GEL-Lyte III collaboration, which has become one of the most sought-after collaboration shoes in recent years.
The original collaboration was entitled the 5TH DIMENSION and saw the GL-III rendered in shades of grey, with bright red and blue detailing, which really made the design stand out. The shoe’s theme of an imaginary universe focused on active sports and dynamics was bright and airy, packaged with a coloured vinyl record, socks and a canvas bag. For 2016, things take a much darker tone, with the 6THPRLL: a darker version of this previous world… a world that doesn’t exist but is real and populated by tribes… where shades of black and grey represent their unknown existence.
In keeping with the previous release, the new project consists of a limited-edition iteration of the GEL-Lyte III and a 7-inch vinyl record containing the namesake track ‘6THPRLL’ produced by Khalab and DJ Hendrix. This also serves as the soundtrack for the launch video, directed by Federico Zanghì, with art direction by Simone Valsecchi, which can be seen below. The accompanying photo shoot (shot by photographer Mustafa Sabbagh) features masks worn by four ancient knights, butchering the iconic GEL-Lyte III to shape the evocative warriors’ traits… We may have seen masks created from shoes before, but these represent something far more sinister than we’ve seen previously!
The shoe itself is a far more aggressive version of the 2010 silhouette: it features a mesh upper in different shades of grey with matching suede overlays in the forefoot of the shoe, whilst the heel panel is rendered in a lively light blue tone. The leather Onitsuka stripes, branded sockliners and split tongue are highlighted by the fluorescent lining and gradient sole unit. We’re looking forwards to seeing these in the flesh.
The ASICS x SLAM JAM GEL-LYTE III 6THPRLLL releases first on SATURDAY 14 MAY at SLAM JAM, followed by a wider release at selected retailers on SATURDAY 21 MAY. As always, keep checking back with us for the full stockist information and release details.
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