Model: GEL-Lyte 3 “Orange Koi”
Key Features: The sneaker’s upper features a primarily suede construction and orange color-blocking on the toe, heel, and sock liner. Gray paneling can be found on the sides, while the ASICS side stripes are done up in a rich navy blue. The sides of the heels feature BEAMS and Afew branding, and the backs of the heels feature a world map and the Japanese word for friendship. Two special insoles and a multi-colored outsole complete the look.
Release Date: November 10
Price: €185 (approximately $210)
Buy: In-store at Afew and then an online release
Editor’s Notes: Afew and BEAMS are throwing it back to the early-to-mid ’10s with this latest release, which is essentially a remastered, recolored version of Afew’s popular “Koi” ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 from 2012.
The new release has all of the hallmarks of those special runner collaborations that dominated the market from 2010 to 2015, with color blocked toe boxes being a signature of those releases. This time, though, the two retailers have flipped the standout colors from red to orange for a slightly different look.
If you’re lucky enough to scoop yourself a pair at Afew’s in-store release on November 10, you’ll also receive a limited-edition wooden “bento box” that includes an orange koi bandana, two incense sticks, and a history booklet. The in-store release will be followed by an online release. A range of apparel will come out alongside the sneakers.
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