ASICS' GEL-Kayano Trainer 21 Channels the Classic "Grape" Motif

A retro-inspired palette for the emerging lifestyle runner.

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While still relatively new to the footwear scene, ASICSGEL-Kayano Trainer 21 has been produced in a few appealing colorways, one of which was enlisted in the brand’s “Monozukuri” Pack that paid respects to Japanese craftsmanship. Next in line for the up and coming silhouette is this brand new “White/Gentry Purple” makeup that owns a “Grape”-like palette which is often associated with the classic Air Jordan 5.

The new rendition starts out with a buttery suede base layer that coats its perforated toe boxes, side panels, toe tip overlays and mudguards in a dusted gray hue. “Gentry Purple” and bright teal-ish blue accents then take charge by alternating on the tiger stripe molds which hug the lateral and medial walls. Further purple notes are dropped off on the heel pieces while more bursts of teal spill onto the interior liners and rear end ASICS branding. Shoe strings are given a pure white surface to provide an extra dosage of contrasting.

Midsoles — which are packed with FluidRide cushioning — are mainly presented with off-white exteriors, but come offset with exposed GEL foam in teal and a purple mid-foot mold.

Select retailers like Mita now have this pair available for purchase for ¥18,700 (approx. $170 USD).

For more sneaker news, check out this new understated ASICS’ GEL-MC Plus colorway.

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