AFEW and ASICS have collaborated on some of the most intriguing GEL-LYTE III projects over the last decade. For instance, in 2015, the two collaborated on the one-of-a-kind “Black Koi” colorway, with proceeds benefiting a German children’s and youth hospice. Around seven years later, the two brands are teaming up once again for charity, releasing another one-of-a-kind product: the GEL-LYTE III “Beauty of Imperfection.”
The colorway is conceptually inspired by the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, a philosophy that believes in the inherent beauty of imperfection. Applications of this worldview can be found in traditional crafts such as Kintsugi, which entails using gold, silver, or platinum to highlight the cracks and damage in broken pottery.
However, AFEW’s interpretation is quite different. The GEL-Lyte III appears standard in its unaltered state, dressed in premium leather and suede accents throughout the shoe. And, while they appear unassuming, several of these grey, white, and warm-toned panels are intended to be destroyed, torn away to reveal an entirely new look. Despite this, the shoe’s standard branding, as well as the “afew” logo and Japanese text, should remain intact.
Additionally, the shoe will be accompanied by a limited-edition box and a Herschel Heck-designed Japanese tea table. During the boutique’s upcoming Instagram live event, they’ll discuss the shoe’s history and construction, as well as announce the raffle winner. Additionally, they’ll provide an overview of another upcoming ASICS collaboration.
The AFEW x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Beauty of Imperfect” will be released on February 14th during the aforementioned IG live event. Each ticket costs €5, and the shoe will be raffled off to one lucky entrant. Multiple purchases are permitted, with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Regenbogenland Children’s and Youth Hospice.
AFEW x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Beauty of Imperfection”
IG Live Event: Feb. 14th, 2022
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