What started off as a 1-of-1 sample back in 2009 has evolved into what you see here today. After tweaking this color concept for the past few years, I am excited to finally present the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS “Flamingo” Gel Lyte III. After a number of trials later, the ash grey nubuck that covers the apron and quarter was chosen to represent the color of flamingos before they turn pink. It’s a grey mixed with beige, a hue of the flamingo’s feathers which aren’t always in clean conditions. The style is then mixed with the same grey mesh toebox and a grey mesh panel that’s added under the salmon leather stripes. The transformation from grey to pink is attributed to the flamingo’s consumption of shrimp, their food of choice. A white midsole is added below for a standout effect, while the outsoles include two-tone coloring in salmon and blue. The blue accents fit perfectly and the lining is made of a thin neoprene, a new tech material I have not applied to my collaborations until now. Highlights include stitched insoles that utilize memory foam cushioning for maximum comfort and three lace options of tonal grey, salmon, and rope salmon/blue. As with all Gel Lyte III models, the shoe features a split tongue, style branding on the side heel and ASICS branding on the midsole.

The release will take place on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 11am EST at both Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com. In-store release information will be posted on RonnieFieg.com/blog on Wednesday, July 31st. The Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III will release in limited quantities for $150 USD.

Coming soon…

Written by: Gary Warnett

 

NEW YORK CITY (April 30th, 2013) — The Kith East Coast Project celebrates one coast and two cities with a unique approach to dual-brand designs. Launching in the Kith Miami pop-up store on May the 2nd, before they arrive in both Kith New York stores on May 10th, the new colorways and material executions of the ASICS Gel Lyte III are some of the best to date and they’re arriving accompanied by an ambitious and carefully curated capsule collection that takes the collaboration concept to the next level.

Based on Ronnie Fieg’s love of the city that made him and the other city he loves, two of the most iconic team color combinations ever are presented with uncompromising approaches to fit and quality. The ASICS Gel Lyte III is the shoe that changed running shoe design forever — from the tongue to the “caged” reflective panel to the midsole densities to the heel — as performance stepped into the 1990s. The split-tongued, comfort-driven cult classic is perfect for wear in cool and warm climates and its versatility is celebrated in this Kith duo.

RONNIE FIEG x ASICS “NEW YORK CITY” GEL LYTE III

The Ronnie Fieg ‘New York City’ ASICS Gel Lyte III blends a perforated pigskin toebox and quarter panel with a soft nubuck quarter and heel counter. Woven mesh, a light grey midsole, 3M stripes and “eyes” on the toe, plus an instantly recognizable duo of blue and orange is a perfectly executed combination.

RONNIE FIEG x ASICS “MIAMI BEACH” GEL LYTE III

The Ronnie Fieg ‘Miami Beach’ ASICS Gel Lyte III is made from a microperf nubuck with a woven mesh toebox and collar. The orange 3M stripes, “eyes” on the toe and heel panel complement the luxurious feel perfectly and the white plastic eyelets set off a definitive football color palette.

For this pack the legendary comfort of the Gel Lyte III is elevated with the addition of a newly developed, sewn-in memory foam comfort footbed that was created specially for the East Coast Project collection. A first time creation for ASICS. Each shoe comes packed with a pair of custom-created ‘New York City’ or ‘Miami Beach’ “Just Stance” ultralight cotton, super invisible socks with embroidered detailing and ultralight cushioning. For extra wear options, a flat lace and two sets of custom round laces that weave in the key colors of the given cities are also included. The full sneaker and sock set will retail for $145 USD.

The Ronnie Fieg x ASICS East Coast Project ‘New York City’ and ‘Miami Beach’ releases will go on sale in limited numbers alongside the full capsule collection exclusively at the Kith Miami pop-up store on Thursday, May 2nd through May 10th each day. The Miami pop-up store itself will be divided into two parts, the two adjacent storefronts will have the Miami side open from 11am to 3pm and the next door New York side of the location open from 4pm to 8pm.

Then on May 10th, the “Miami Beach” colorway will hit Kith Brooklyn only and the “New York City” colorway will hit Kith Manhattan only, as well with both colorways releasing online at KithNYC.com at 11am EST.

Kith Pop-Up “New York”
1629 Jefferson Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Kith Pop-Up “Miami”
1627 Jefferson Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Starting May 2nd up until May 10th, the East Coast Project and the Miami pop-up is just the start of something: “This is the appetizer…”

A salute to the greatest city on earth and a tribute to the city that Kith considers a second home. #ECP

Each look was shot by photographer and creative 13thWitness in New York City with style and direction by Mellany Sanchez.

Ready for Spring 2013, ASICS presents the Gel Saga in Grey/Orange and the Gel Lyte III in Royal Blue/Grey. The Gel Saga ($90 USD) was originally released in 1990 and uses its traditional light-weight design and textural contrasts. Made with a Gel cushioned sole, the shoe combines grey synthetic and black suede on the upper with orange detailing on the laces, heel and sole. The Gel Lyte III ($95 USD) is one of ASICS’ most popular models, here we see it Spring-ready featuring a split tongue and gel cushioning. The light grey suede upper defines most of the upper while neon colors accent the sneaker around the toe box, lining, and outsole. Both shoes are available now in limited quantities at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com.

This last year has been one of the best years of my life. With Kith having success in such a short period of time, I believed it was extremely important to put time aside and remember how fortunate we all are to have shoes to put on everyday. I want to bring awareness to all of you and stress how important it is to give to the unfortunate whenever you are in a position to do so.

This colorway and final sample was sent to me over 3 years ago and the inspiration was the Soles for Souls T-shirt colorway which was green and white. I was lucky enough to have ASICS agree to work on a charity project that would bring over 300 pairs of brand new sneakers to the less fortunate in Haiti. I wanted to not only bring the Haitians sneakers but give them something fresh for the new year. Brand new kicks made with heavy materials that would last them a while (until the next time I come through).

Heading over to Haiti is Kith’s very own Pete Forester. Pete will be there to distribute the sneakers and t-shirts starting tomorrow and will spend 5 days with the Haitians doing different activities. Pete has played such a major role with growing Kith this past year and was quick to volunteer. I mean he REALLY wanted to go. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Pete. These are the type of gestures that will never go unnoticed.

There are other plans that will put in effect soon. A plan that will involve some of you to help with this program. Until then, lets wish Pete a safe trip! Make sure to follow pete on his journey here.

More information about Sole for Souls:

In developing countries, and regions that have experienced recent turmoil, the populations live without resources that we take for granted. Whether it be consistent electricity, hot or running water, or even clean drinking water that might be hard to find or far away. They live in houses without proper roofing, go without warm clothes, and many without shoes. Not all of these problems are immediately solvable, but Soles for Soles is an organization that strives to solve a part of it.

You’re reading this on a blog that is largely about footwear and about exposing you to the next best pair. It’s easy to forget that these shoes perform important functions. Without shoes distances become unsafe to walk, without the support or protection from footwear ankles can be sprained, cuts can be exposed to bacteria and parasites.

Soles for Soles takes shoes (new and gently used) and brings them to underprivileged communities all over the world. Communities in Haiti, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and more, allowing these people to safely transport themselves to areas with safer resources, homes, and communities.

When you think of a fabric that represents the United States, denim should be the first to come to mind. The inspiration behind this project was to represent the hard work that went into making Kith happen and our road to becoming a staple American retail shop/brand. The selvedge denim represents the brown room in our flagship SoHo store which is made of original 1950 bricks, 150 year old wood and American steel. Selvedge denim has always meant “toughness” to me. When I thought of the one year anniversary for Kith, I wanted to create a shoe with the brand I have the most history with and put out a shoe that represented the hard work that went into making Kith possible. By mixing the American colors red and white leather with navy selvedge denim, I believe we achieved just that with a timeless denim trainer. To wrap up the full selvedge denim upper, the shoe also includes standard Gel cushioning and leather panel stripes.

The Ronnie Fieg x ASICS “Selvedge” Gel Lyte III will be available at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com. The shoes will release December 14th, 2012 at 11am EST retailing for $145 USD.

To purchase in-store, swing by either Kith NYC location to put your name on a list for an opportunity to purchase this Friday, December 14th, 2012.

The wait is over.

The “Total Eclipse/Leather Toes” are dropping this Saturday. The materials and colorway help us transition comfortably into this time of the year. The premium nubuck and leather chosen for production are a bit thicker than leathers used on my previous ASICS releases to accommodate for colder climates. The color blocking is similar to the previous “Leather Back” release, one of my favorite designs, where the toe is a separate color and material from the rest of the shoe. The Gel Lyte III features a split tongue entrance laced with red/black round laces to bring out the body’s coloring. The concept behind the “Total Eclipse” was to use the darkest shade of navy and have the actual effect of an Eclipse, where the colors go from very dark to pitch black. The hit of red helps differentiate between navy and black, breaking up the colors up in a subtle way.

You can purchase the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Total Eclipse/Leather Toes” at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com for $145 USD starting this Saturday, November 10th at 11am EST.

To purchase in-store, swing by either Kith NYC location to put your name on a list for an opportunity to purchase this Saturday, November 10th.

In honor of their 5-year anniversary, Rotterdam sneaker boutique Woei presents their take on the popular ASICS Gel Lyte III model. The “Cervidae” draws inspiration from Europe’s Cervidae deer family with colors such as brown, tan and white. Additional features include metal hooked eyelets, premium suede, zig-zag toe box stitching, leather lining and subtle 3M detailing. Look for this highly limited release July 7th in-store only at both Kith Manhattan and Kith Brooklyn for $170 USD.

We’d like to re-introduce the ASICS Gel Lyte III “Blueberry” shoes. This store exclusive style was released a few weeks ago at Kith and sold out within 24 hours. We have a few more styles of each size that we’d like to offer out. Available in very limited numbers, grab them now online.

The ASICS “Blueberry” was originally released back in August of 2009. Starting this Spring 2012 ASICS has brought them back in a very limited release available exclusively at Kith. The Gel Lyte III model features a split tongue and gel cushioning while the upper sports mesh and smooth synthetic materials. Grab this shoe at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com nationally and now internationally.

Gel Lyte III – “Blueberry” – $95 USD

The ASICS “Blueberry” was originally released back in August of 2009. Starting this Spring 2012 ASICS has brought them back in a very limited release available exclusively at Kith in the most recognizable silhouette from the ASICS Gel collection, the Gel Lyte III. Features include a split tongue and gel cushioning while the upper sports mesh and smooth synthetic materials. Grab this shoe at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com nationally and now INTERNATIONALLY. You’re welcome.