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Model: GEL-Kayano Trainer
Key Features: The sneaker features a black neoprene base with purple, red, and yellow flame graphics. White leather overlays and black laces provide contrast, while hits of purple and red on the white midsole complete a colorful look.
Release Date: Initial release on March 14, with a wider release following on March 16
Price: 16,000 YEN (apprximately $145)
Buy: Initially available online at sneakerwolf before dropping in-store at mita sneakers and Kickslab
Editor’s Notes: Japanese artist sneakerwolf has teamed up with ASICS for a limited edition collaboration, the subject of which is the GEL-Kayano Trainer. The sneaker drops alongside pieces of apparel and is inspired by the Edo period in Japanese history.
The Edo period is a period between 1603 and 1868, when Japan was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate. The shogunate forbid ordinary people to experience luxury in any way. This included wearing glossy materials and certain colors.
sneakerwolf takes inspiration from that “luxury banning order” to create a sneaker that goes against the rule of the shogunate, using noble purple, red, and gold. It represents the spirit of “anarchy in the Edo period.”
Exclusively being released at two stores in Japan, mita sneakers and Kickslab, as well as sneakerwolf’s own online store, the sneakerwolf x ASICS GEL-Kayano Trainer is set to drop on March 14.
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