Brand: ASICS x Kengo Kuma


Key Features:  Kengo Kuma's architectural design utilizes the yatara ami (bamboo knitting) technique, which allows the sneaker's two interlocking layers to naturally adapt to the movement of the foot. The sneaker's upper is covered with the knit material overlay, which conceals a slip-on mono-sock. Elsewhere, the tan midsole adds a welcome contrast to the otherwise completely white upper.

Release Date: December 20

Price: ¥ 39,600 (approximately $361)

Buy: ASCIS Japan

Editor’s Notes: ASICS’ most technologically-advanced running shoe, the METARIDE, receives a sculptural design update courtesy of famed Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. Kuma celebrates his love of sneakers with an architectural take on the sneaker, using the ancient yatara knitting technique for his sleek new sneaker.

The result is a shoe that moves with the foot and minimizes the impact on the ankle. Through the language of architecture the stylish design marries ASICS' most cutting edge technology with ancient techniques and Kengo's beautifully engineered aesthetic to create what he calls his "smallest building yet."

Only 2020 pairs of the will be sold when it drops December 20.

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