Combining two ideologically competing ideas, Asics just released their Gel Lyte III, a sneaker manufactured en masse, in a version that pays homage to traditional Japanese boro, which are unique one-of-a-kind ragged garments (and cloth) that’ve been repaired over and over again, across many, many years due to scarcity of materials. But now you can have some sweet boro in a shoe that’ll likely get chucked after three months of regular wear. Hey, sign ‘o the times.
While Converse and Vans have previously gone down this road, neither decided to go quite as loud Asics choice to include a dizzying array of different fabrics, patterns, types of stitching, and “repairs” on each shoe. We see chambray, denim, 2×1 denim, 3×1 denim, indigo, indigo canvas, indigo stripes — it’s a bit of everything, even sashiko-esque laces.
If your looking for fades on your feet, this could be your shoe.
Available for $135 at End Clothing.