Asics and Packer Shoes have teamed up for the first time ever in Packer’s 100+ year history to work on the fantastic Gel Kayano Trainer. The shoe you see is actually the first in a two-part series dedicated to the drive from the original Packer in Yonkers, New York to their current location in Teaneck, Jersey.
Featuring colours inspired by the roads traveled to get to their current location; yellow represents the road markings, green the signs, orange for the traffic cones and the upper’s predominant use of of charcoal is for the bitumen itself. Whilst it’s easy to come up with a concept and colours the trick is actually making everything cohesive, especially when you’re dealing with so many colours on a shoe that sports as many panels as the Kayano.
The sole sports the main helping of yellow for the colourway, with a few hits of orange and strong cuts of black through the midsole really adding a great amount of detail to the shoe. The way Packer blocked this part of the shoe really goes against what we’re used to seeing on the in-line colourways but it has worked a treat on giving the Kayano’s profile a whole new feel.
The upper’s charcoal panels sport a speckled finish to really drive home the bitumen theme and although it sounds like a garish addition it’s incredibly subtle in person and only adds a slight bit of texture to the whole upper without disrupting the Kayano’s aggressive lines.
Playing with these particular colours is a risky one that when we first saw images made us think that maybe Packer had got a bit too Rasta on us but having them in hand makes things much more different. The shoes come with a total of 3 lace choices (Grey, Charcoal or Green) and each features a traffic cone inspired aglet.
The Asics Ge Kayano Trainer x Packer Shoes will release this coming Saturday, February 22 at 10am in-store. Any remaining stock will be available 2 hours later at 12-noon HERE.
Stock is very limited on this release and interest amongst our customers is incredibly high so if you’re coming in to the store for release we suggest you get here early.
Sizes – 1×7, 2×8, 2×9, 2×10, 2×11, 2×12,1×13 = 12 Pairs
RRP is $220AUD.
*These are exempt from all promotions, no discount or online codes apply to this release.
In-store release is a first-come-first-serve basis. Strictly no holds, favours, pre-orders or any silly business is allowed. 1 pair per person.