Collaborative partners since 2007, Ronnie Fieg and ASICS have reunited once again for three special KITH-edition GEL-Lyte IIIs dubbed the “Tokyo Trio.” Paying homage to Tokyo culture as well as KITH’s past, present and future, each of the three shoes pulls its inspiration from a different source.
First in this three-pack is the “252.1.” A reimagining of Ronnie Fieg’s first ASICS collaboration — 2007’s “252 Pack” — the “252.1” is a two-part homage. As the “252 Pack” was inspired by a Japan-exclusive GEL-Lyte III colorway that Fieg wanted to bring to the US, this updated iteration retains most of the original “252” color palette but adds a few modern twists. Built almost entirely of suede, the design features a black base, salmon-colored toe, metallic gold Tiger stripes and a two-tone outsole.
Next is the “Yoshino Rose.” This floral-geared sneaker draws name and color alike from the Yoshino cherry tree, which is known for its beautiful blossoms. When in bloom, the cherry blossoms put forth a soothing shade of light pink — one that’s replicated on the Tiger Stripe atop white mesh and off-white suede. Pops of blue complete the look.
Finally, the “Super Gold” serves up a triumphant, medal stand-inspired build. A nod to the Tokyo Olympic Games, the “Super Gold” uses a supple white leather upper with red and blue accents for a possible nod to the US Olympic Team — whom Fieg and Kith designed tracksuits for. Metallic gold Tiger stripes add a finishing touch of style.
The KITH x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Tokyo Trio” will release on the KITH webstore at 11 A.M. ET on July 27. In-store, the “Tokyo Trio” will be limited to KITH’s Tokyo flagship, as well as its permanent shop-in-shop locations at Hirshleifers, Bergdorf Goodman and Selfridges. Each pair is priced at $180 USD.
For more KITH news, check out HYPEBEAST‘s exclusive interview with Ronnie Fieg about the opening of KITH Tokyo.