ASICS and the British fashion house Vivienne Westwood have teamed up once more to launch the ASICS x VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO 26 sneakers.
Available in black and white, the minimal collection debuted at the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood Fall/Winter 2020 catwalk show in Paris this season and are set for Global release on 28 September 2020.
The new ASICS X VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO 26 model is inspired by the original sack shoes first shown in the Westwood & (Malcolm) McLaren Autumn/Winter 1982-83 Nostalgia of Mud collection – featuring the Buffalo Girls.
The original sack shoes were inspired by a primitive footwear design featuring one piece of leather that wraps around the entire foot. The design has been given a futuristic and utilitarian evolution – using a semi-transparent mesh cover which simultaneously conceals and reveals the shoes underneath.
The precision-adjusted professional performance soles are retained, including:
- Full-length FLYTEFOAM Propel midsole
- Rearfoot GEL technology
- FLYTEFOAM wedge
- GUIDANCE TRUSSTIC
- Forefoot twist GEL technology
- I.G.S. (Impact Guidance System)
- DYNAMIC DUOMAX support system
- METACLUTCH external heel counter
The original double-layer engineering mesh upper is replaced by a complete piece of Ripstop anti-tear nylon, and the lacing system is also simplified to an elastic webbing structure for easier wear. The pull and draw mesh covering the upper, while paying tribute to Westwood’s iconic sack shoes, highlights the ASICS logo with mesh and straps delivering a sense of modern technology.
The limited-edition ASICS X VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GEL-KAYANO 26 is available in two minimalist colourways; BLACK/BLACK and BIRCH/WHITE.
Priced at $399, the sneakers are retailed here and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Store, Scotts Square.