Although Asics sneakers are awesome, some are just beyond beautiful, historic, and functional they deserve to be called iconic. Here are 9 of them.
9 ASICS Sneakers That Earned The Icon Status
Not everyone is a fan of sneakers (which I think is tragic since it’s such a versatile piece of footwear), but even if you don’t, you’re definitely going to appreciate ASICS sneakers. Less popular, at least compared to Nike or Adidas, this Japanese brand has still found a way to earn its status as one of the best shoes for fitness enthusiasts (men and ladies alike) who love running.
Well, who wouldn’t when you have a well-though-out Japanese shoe technology on your feet? In fact, some of them are just so good I call them legendary. Check out 9 of them here:
1. ASICS Gel Kayano Trainer TN310
Besides having more than 15 iterations since 20+ years ago, many sneaker aficionados call this the brand that changed the look and feel of running shoes. It is ultra comfortable, breathable, and fitting with its lined mesh and shock absorption properties. It’s one of the first shoes for long-distance running.
Note: Do you know a stag beetle inspired its design?
2. ASICS Marathon Tabi (1953)
Japanese, especially back in the days, wear tabi socks, which separate the big toe from the rest so it’s easier to wear a footwear with a thong. Though used mostly at home, these socks also made their way to the Olympics. Inspired by the design and use, ASICS came up with the Marathon Tabi (similar to the image above), which began with a sole with a layered hemp but ended with a rubber sole during the product’s debut.
3. ASICS GT-II (1986)
GT-II is one of the iconic ASICS sneakers for being the first to have the famous gel technology. If Nike has Air tech, ASICS has gel, a cushion that softens the effect of impact and stress upon landing while maximizing performance when running.
4. ASICS Gel Lyte V (1993)
There are plenty of reasons why this is one of the iconic ASICS sneakers. One, this shows how superstitious Japanese can be: it doesn’t bear the number 4, which is considered unlucky. Second, it boasted a more different design through its sock-like feature instead of a tongue. Lastly, even if it launched in 1993, it wasn’t reintroduced only 20 years after.
5. ASICS Gel Nimbus 17 NYC (2015)
Many running shoes have a seamless fit until you start running, and that’s when you see the problem: they’re heavy! The ASICS Nimbus 17 is one of the earliest Nimbus models to have a reduced weight without compromising cushion. If that’s not enough reason to add this to your growing collection, the NYC a discontinued model, designed especially for 2015 NYC Marathon. This simply means it’s a sneakerhead’s must-have.
6. Asics x Patta Gel Lyte III (2007)
One look at the result of the Patta x ASICS collaboration, and you know this GT-III model is different. It is more colorful, almost graphic-like, which makes sense because Patta is an expert in street wear. In fact, it pays homage to Patta’s home base, which is Amsterdam, featuring its weapons.
But the look isn’t the only thing that makes it a wonderful addition to the list. It’s the first of the three collabs (so far) between the brands.
7. ASICS Basketball Sneakers With Suction Cup (1953)
ASICS may be for running, but it wasn’t really thinking about the sport back in its heydays. As proof, the first line of ASICS sneakers is – surprise – a basketball shoe! The first-ever ASICS (Onitsuka back then) shoe was released back in 1950. It’s also the first shoe to have the tiger logo, which later became the trademark. Six months after, the company launched OK basketball shoes.
But creating the perfect basketball shoes wasn’t easy. Thanks to an octopus (what’s up with these animal inspirations?), especially its sucking ability, ASICS created sneakers with “suction cups” in 1953, and the future basketball shoes now have a better grip and stopping power on the floor.
8. ASICS MetaRun (2015)
At $250, this is one of the priciest running shoes out there, but that’s what you get when you’re buying the future of ASICS. MetaRun was designed in the company’s lab, took three years to complete, and now comes with five new technologies. It’s poised to be not just the best but the right running shoes for long distance.
9. ASICS x Afew Gel Lyte III Koi Klub (2012)
One word: rare. When it was relaunched in 2015 as part of the 25th anniversary of the Gel Lyte III line, the team produced less than 2,000 pairs, some of which were bought through a secret link.
Interested about the MetaRun? Here’s an intimate glimpse at the making of one of the iconic ASICS sneakers:
Which of these 9 iconic ASICS sneakers do you fancy the most? I’d love to get my hands on the MetaRun soon. Regardless, I admire Japan’s ingenuity, technical skill, and, most of all, its quiet ability to innovate and come out the best. Just look at these ASICS shoes.
Do you know of other ASICS iconic sneakers? Let’s celebrate the amazing brand by sharing your own list in the comments below. Now you learn about iconic shoes, get to know about iconic 60s fashion!
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