size? x Asics Gel-Lyte OG ’36 Views’

by Henrik Buzzi

Our latest collaborative project with Asics Tiger see’s us head back out east to Japan to create a traditionally themed rendition of the Gel-Lyte OG. The ’36 Views’ themed runner features colorways focused around the paintings of celebrated Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai, with the palette picking hues from his legendary block-printed series of artworks that captured Mount Fuji from varying viewpoints around Japan.

Known in the modern day as the epicentre of forward thinking design, Japan also has an incredibly strong cultural background all of its own. There are still many of the traditional practices carried out today that have existed and been handed down to the next generations for hundreds of years. The art of Ukiyo-e has been around since the 17th Century and given birth to several notable artists, each with their own interpretation of the craft.

The Asics Tiger GEL-Lyte OG ’36 Views’ features innovative details throughout, including a water resistant suede upper, ripstop toebox, and featured for the very first time on this silhouette, branded pull tabs on both the tongue and heel. The water-resistant suede and ripstop upper draws reference to the bodies of water featured within several of the paintings from the series of Hokusai works, in particular the infamous ‘Great Wave’ featured in painting number one. The pink tone found throughout is pulled from the seasonal Cherry Blossoms that sprout from the branches of trees around Japan at only a very specific time of the year. Limited to only 500 pairs, the size? x Asics Gel-Lyte OG ’36 Views’ will be available exclusively through the size?previews app