Brand: Ronnie Fieg x ASICS
Model: GEL-Lyte III
Key Features: All three GEL-Lyte IIIs from the "Tokyo Trio" boast Fieg branding in the GEL font on the split tongues and footbeds. The sneakers come in custom boxes with extra sets of laces. Additional details are provided below.
Release Date: July 27
Price: $180 each
Buy: Online at Kith.com and in-store at Kith's Tokyo flagship, Hirshleifers, Bergdorf Goodman, and Selfridges
Editor’s Notes: Kith has shared official imagery of Ronnie Fieg's next ASICS collaboration — consisting of three reworked versions of the GEL-Lyte III. Fieg initially took to Instagram to tease the project, first with a simple caption of “252.1,” hinting at a new take on his debut GEL-Lyte III collab.
We have since learned that the three-sneaker release is being called the "Tokyo Trio," as each pair draws inspiration from Tokyo, the location of Kith's new flagship.
First up is the "252.1" GEL-Lyte III, a reimagining of Fieg's debut collaboration from 2007, the "252" pack. This iteration incorporates elements from the original scheme, inspired by a Tokyo-exclusive colorway the designer wanted to bring to the U.S. The upper is predominantly comprised of black nubuck, paired with metallic gold leather Tiger stripes and a pigskin suede red toe.
The "Yoshino Rose" GEL-Lyte III is a nod to Tokyo's yoshino cherry tree, which produces a remarkable light pink shade during cherry blossom season. The sneaker features a white mesh vamp and leather toe wrap, overlaid with off-white pigskin suede panels and rose-colored Tiger stripes.
Rounding out the trio is the "Super Gold" GEL-Lyte III, designed in celebration of the Tokyo Olympics. Metallic gold leather Tiger stripes decorate the premium white leather upper, while red and navy outsoles provide color underneath.
Fieg and Kith are giving out free pairs of the upcoming collaboration to avid ASICS collectors. As the screenshot below shows (swipe to the right), Kith is contacting users on Instagram and asking them to provide shoe sizes and shipping details.
Fieg had previously told the Complex Sneakers Podcast that he was “going to go back and rework every shoe in my catalog that I don't respect today.”
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