Mr. Ronnie Fieg is back at it again. After his successful ECP drop it was only a matter of time before we saw his next ASICS launch. This time he takes the ASICS Gel Lyte lll through another story from his love of Miami, Florida. A tale we also saw by his drop of the GLlll “Miami”. Dubbed the “Flamingo”, after the actual animal, RF says the grey/beige nubuck upper is a representation of the bird before it turns pink or orange. The salmon hints on the tiger stripes out-sole tip, laces, and other accents mimic the birds color of pink or orange. You’ll also see a nice contrast from hints of blue through out the silhouette that could be part of the beautiful blue water of Florida. Noted features in this premium shoe come by the way of two new highlights. One we saw on the ECP ASICS by way of the very much welcomed memory foam footbed. This added a much needed comfort to the GLlll because it’s one of the least comfortable retro running models out there. The other has RF finally moving away from his favorite cotton ankle lining. A neoprene material replaces it and makes it stand out a bit more by adding to the already premium suede on the shoe. A nice compliment and one I personally prefer. Cotton isn’t always the best. Sometimes you have to venture beyond the common practice…
This RF ASICS is everything we would expect from the house that built KITH. Premium material, after premium material, after premium material. Seeing two new accents is also a pleasant surprise to the common ground. But, my first impression of the shoe wasn’t a good one. First, It didn’t help that the many photos through social networks and blogs diluted the shoe compared to what it is here. Many people were asking, “What is the color of the shoes upper?”. Seeing all those photos of light and dark uppers and over saturated colors gave some a rather dreary look at the shoe. Including myslef. It also strongly reminds me of an old CW of his. I’m talking about the RF Rose Gold GTll. This reminds me of that colorway, but reversed. I will however give him brownie points for moving away in creating another single tone shoe with a single contrast hue. Even though I’m not a fan of this one, it doesnt look half bad. Not his best. In fact, far from it. It is strange though that he would use this shoe to take a break from releasing more ASICS GLlll’s. A jester I think is necssary for him, so he could focus more on his clothing line, other shoe collaborations from other brands and other ASICS models. It’s been somewhat of a pop corn ride to see what ASICS CW he will drop month after month or if he will topple the following year with better releases. I think it’s that time to put the ASICS GLlll aside and move forward because the fans will be here waiting regardless of what CW you put out or how ever long it takes to dish out the next drop. But, come back hard and wow the fans with stronger ideas.
For those salivating at this pair get ready to drop your pants this coming Friday, August 2nd. The time will be at at 11am EST at both Kith NYC stores (Manhattan and Brooklyn) and KithNYC.com. For the store release there were tickets given out at both KITH locations. If you didn’t get one, don’t even bother heading down to line up. As always, limited quantities where produced and they will retail for $150 US. Good luck and let’s see some photos on IG of people eating shrimp with their ASICS Flamingos on. Maybe they will turn pink or maybe you will. Enjoy the photos and I look forward to one day seeing the Mossad drop after these later in the year. Oh yes please! Make that happen RF. Peace.
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