Sivasdescalzo and ASICS Ready Earth-First GEL-LYTE III Collaboration

The sustainably-constructed shoe offers a “complete approach to eco-conscious design.”

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Barcelona-based retailer Sivasdescalzo has partnered with ASICS for an Earth-friendly GEL-LYTE III collaboration. Where SVD’s past collaborative footwear projects — a Forum 84 Hi and a Sobakov BOOST with adidas, for example — have aimed to combine sport and Spanish luxury, the shop’s latest effort is all about sustainability and is centered around renewable materials.

Fans of the GEL-LYTE III are likely used to seeing materials like neoprene, mesh and suede on its upper, but here Sivasdescalzo has used a plant-based textile to build the shoe’s base, one with the texture and color of a burlap sack. The midfoot overlay and Tiger stripe are made of black eco-leather, while the collar features a black and white marbled print and shaggy gray suede appears on the mudguard and heel. There’s also a dash of green around the top eyestay and under the collar

Sivasdescalzo branding is placed on both the lateral heel and on the very back under the collar, which adds some ASICS branding of its own. Signature split tongues are held together with 100 percent jute fiber laces, and insoles are crafted fully from recycled plastic bottles. On the shoe’s lower half an olive green heel clip, tanned foam midsoles and brown outsoles supply a finishing touch of earthy style. Even the shoebox is sustainable, made of recycled cardboard and paying tribute to the shoe’s Earth-centric inspiration.

“The silhouette takes a lot of inspiration from the earth with a contrast of colors that are reminiscent of natural elements,” said SVD creative director Raúl Fernández. “We were really committed to giving the GEL-LYTE III a completely natural look and feel with an eco-friendly design from top to bottom. Essentially we wanted it to look like it came straight out of nature, playing around with a combination of raw and recycled materials, the raw being the yin to the recycled materials’ yang.”

A raffle for the Sivasdescalzo x ASICS GEL-LYTE III is open now on the Sivasdescalzo webstore and app. Its MSRP is set at €150 EUR (approximately $179 USD). Additionally,  you can view the campaign video for the collaboration here.

Elsewhere in the world of ASICS, take a look at the brand’s Kiko Kostadinov-curated FB1-S GEL-PRELEUS.

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