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Mark: ASICS x Kengo Kuma


Main characteristics: Kengo Kuma’s architectural design uses the technique of yatara ami (bamboo knitting), which allows the two interlocking layers of the sneaker to naturally adapt to the movement of the foot. The upper of the sneaker is covered with a knit covering that conceals a slip-on mono-sock. Elsewhere, the beige midsole adds a welcome contrast to the otherwise completely white upper.

Release date: December 20

Price: ¥ 39,600 (around $ 361)

To buy: ASCIS Japan

Editor’s Notes: ASICS ‘most technologically advanced running shoe, the METARIDE, receives a sculptural design update courtesy of renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. Kuma celebrates his love of sneakers with an architectural take on the sneaker, using the old yatara knitting technique for his stylish new sneaker.

The result is a shoe that moves with the foot and minimizes impact on the ankle. Through the language of architecture, the sleek design marries ASICS ‘most advanced technology with ancient techniques and Kengo’s beautifully crafted aesthetic to create what he calls his “smallest building to date.”

Only the 2020 pairs of the will be sold when it releases on December 20.

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