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Following several teasers (below) on Sean Wotherspoon’s Instagram, we now get a full (albeit still unofficial) look at the designer’s upcoming sneaker collaboration with atmos and ASICS (above). The collaborative ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 is expected to drop at some point in 2020 during the silhouette’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
The sneaker, which has a mismatched color scheme, features heavy use of corduroy, a material Wotherspoon is no stranger to, having wrapped his Nike Air Max 97/1 in the material in 2018. The ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 has corduroy on its split-tongue throat, as well as on the side panels. The ASICS branding on the sides looks like it can be removed via Velcro, adding a layer of customization to the upcoming project.
Wotherspoon’s latest Instagram teaser also seems to indicate that the corduroy upper is removable, much like the recent Clot x Nike Air Force 1 “Royal Blue.” The teaser shows the heel portion of the shoe torn off, revealing atmos branding underneath the corduroy.
Wotherspoon famously released a pair of highly-sought after Air Max 97/1s after his design was chosen as the winner of Nike’s 2017 Vote Forward campaign and saw its first official release on Air Max Day in 2018. Following that, there was speculation that Wotherspoon and Nike had another collaboration up their sleeve, however, the designer and Round Two co-founder later confirmed that the project had been put on ice and that he wouldn’t be collaborating with Nike for a while.
The reason for the change of heart was that Wotherspoon wanted to work with other brands, ASICS being one of them. So far, only the leaked images above give a hint as to what Wotherspoon, atmos, and ASICS have planned. As always, stay tuned for updates.
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