AFEW and ASICS' New GEL-LYTE III Finds the "Beauty Of Imperfection"

Inspired by the philosophical view of Wabi-sabi.

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AFEW and ASICS reunite for another GEL-LYTE III edition called the “Beauty of Imperfection.” The duo previously debuted a number of collaboration pairs using the same silhouette such as the 1-of-1 “KOI” in a variety of black, red and orange colorways.

Taking the Japanese view of Wabi-sabi — a philosophical belief centered on seeking beauty within imperfection — the current offering is constructed with a standard mix of leathers from smooth and perforated to suede in earthy tones of gray, white, charcoal and camel. The duo encourages collectors to have their pair destroyed in order to unveil a new look, similar to the traditional art of Kintsugi — repairing broken pottery by filling in cracks with gold, silver, or platinum. Branding elements adorn the heel along with the Japanese character of “Wabi.” A white midsole sits atop a rubber outsole in a pink clay hue to complete the look. In addition to the joint effort, the shoe will come with a special edition box and a Japanese tea table designed by Herschel Heck.

More details will be revealed at the German sneaker store’s Instagram live event such as the design’s backstory, raffle winner, and a teaser of another collaborative pair.

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