ASICS has released special model ASICSTIGER GEL-LYTE™ III “KLSHINOBI” developed in collaboration with KICKS LAB., a premier sneaker boutique in Harajuku, the premier destination for street fashion in Japan.
Delivering Japan’s sneaker culture to the world, the “GEL-LYTE” series was originally created as ASICS’s high-performance model in 1987. KICKS LAB. released the GEL-LYTE V “PHYS ED,” a joint collaboration with Singapore-based sneaker customizer SBTG (Sabotage) in 2015 and GEL-LYTE III “HIKESHI” in collaboration with Japanese artist, sneakerwolf, in 2016. Both trainers since have been hot topics for sneaker enthusiasts worldwide.

As the name of the model indicates, the design concept for the GEL-LYTE III “KLSHINOBI” was developed through the inspiration of stealth or “Shinobi” and with one central question in mind: “What would happen if a ninja wore sneakers?”

Colour-coordinated in monotones of black, grey, and white the GEL-LYTE III “KLSHINOBI” features a variety of materials including a suede base with a mesh overlay, finished in a calm but sharp looking design.

A kanji phrase associated with the theme of “Shinobi” is printed on the inner and outer soles. The phrases contain a number of words coined by KICKS LAB. reminiscent of the unique culture of the ninja who are said to have used codes and inspired the ninja-like trainer design.

The GEL-LYTE III “KLSHINOBI” is a special model packed with the passion of both ASICS and KICKS LAB., the leaders of sneaker culture in Japan, and will be launching ONLINE at HANON on Saturday 31st March at 00:01BST.
Asics Gel-Lyte III x Kicks Lab
Price: £115.00
Launch: Saturday 31st March; ONLINE 00:01BST