Asics has been killing it of late, with the limited releases coming almost every weekend at the moment it’s easy to forget about the inline stuff. Nevertheless Asics is still able to pull something out of their own hat now and then, with the latest Aztec Gel Lyte III’s being a definite winner.
Constructed from a myriad of different materials the word of the day for this shoe is texture. On the toebox is a very unusual material, it’s hard to explain but one customer referred to it as ‘grandma curtains’ and we feel that’s a pretty good description, with a soft almost wooly feel that has a bit of detail stitched throughout. Set against it’s namesake pattern on the back quarter underlay it makes for a shoe pretty far removed from the GL-III’s initial performance driven design. The earthy tones carry over the whole shoe down to the sole, which features the odd gum-coloured rubber with a tiny hint of the real stuff on the heel setup we saw on last weekend’s collaborative effort with St Alfred. When pictures of these surfaced something like 12 months ago people went bananas but none assumed they’d have to wait this long for them but they’re finally here.
Asics hasn’t forgotten the ladies with this GL-III getting a colourway that if you tried to explain it would result in faces of disgust. The truth is however that it all works really well on the shoe. An olive green set against off-white, bright white and magenta isn’t exactly what you’d call conventional. There’s even an interesting camo/koi sort of pattern worked into the nylon and innersole we’ve decided to christen “Koi-mo”. It’s definitely one of the best female-specific colourways we’ve seen in a while.