The all black version of the shoe was previewed during Li-Ning’s Spring/Summer 2020 runway show, however the Aurora silhouette initially debuted in 2004, when it was only available to athlete’s competing in the Athens Olympic Games. Fifteen years later, Pilati has added his own take on the shoe, drawing inspirations from the cycling and the underground club communities in his home city of Berlin.
To bring his vision to life, Pilati ended up recasting the shoe to turn it into a low-top trail boot. He also combined elements from both cultures through the addition of a built-in LED light system that shows through a light on the tongue. The battery-operated lighting offers three different speeds, including strobe. The system’s different functions reference Berlin’s wild club scene, along with the headlights and reflective gear used by cyclists at night. The silhouette is topped of with a sturdy outsole, other reflective details and a bungee-cord lacing system.
Elsewhere in footwear, ASICS has unveiled a blacked-out GEL-FujiTrabuco 8 GTX.