These traditional Japanese dolls are modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen, or Ch’an Buddhism. Although the dolls typically appear in red, they can be served in various other bold colors such as the bright teal found on the sneaker above.
No matter what color they’re presented in, a Daruma doll always depicts a bearded man. In ASICS’ sneaker, the black beard seen on the rubberized hangtag has been continued into the sneaker’s design, with patent black leather taking form on the mid-panel branding stripes and heel section.
Elsewhere, gold has been used to highlight areas such as the heel and signature GEL-LYTE III components all around, while perforated white leather on the toe box and mid-panel cuts through the bright colors.
Naturally, the pair is finished with its foot-hugging split tongue construction and a tri-density midsole for immense amounts of comfort and support, all while delivering unrivaled amounts of shock absorption.
Take a look at the ASICS GEL-LYTE III in “Baltic Jewel” above, and pick up a pair for yourself from stockists such as Footpatrol. The pair retails for £105 GBP (approx. $140 USD).
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