Summary

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11 reasons to buy

  • Several customers bought them because they were limited edition kicks and only a few pairs were released by the retailer.
  • Many buyers of the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi thought the design was well planned, executed and constructed.
  • The Japanese-inspired design from its bento box packaging to design elements like color, material, and other aesthetic inputs incorporated in the shoe was work in harmony.
  • The limited edition kicks live up to the hype it made when it was released according to some shoe collectors.
  • Koi Camo outsole has a good grip and exciting design pattern after fish food flakes.
  • Perforations in the toe box keep the upper feet well ventilated and shoe breathable.
  • The suede material used in the upper’s overlays added to the premium feel and look of this limited edition sneaker.
  • The limited edition kicks have a removable insole with Afew design graphics and branding details that further amazed fans.
  • The red, white, and black colorway combination made many sneaker fans nostalgic with the earlier collaboration of Afew and Asics.
  • Some reviewers heaped praises to the add-ons on each pair such as the wooden bento box packaging, a special booklet discussing the history of the shoe, Afew x Asics  Gel Lyte III Koi special edition chopsticks, a collaboration dust bag, and two pairs of Wasabi and Soy colored extra laces.
  • Most of those who purchased find the $180 price per pair reasonable for the limited edition sneakers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few sneaker fans don’t like the hype during the release of the shoe which for them is unnecessary.
  • The suede upper and overlays are difficult to clean and could get dirty quickly.
  • Some users commented that the design could be overwhelming because of too many design elements from colors, materials, and patterns.

Bottom line

The collaboration between German footwear retailers Afew is a fitting tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Asics Gel Lyte III. The limited edition sneaker comes in full battle gear from the Bento box packaging, the design accents, and colorways, and the Japanese-inspired freebies included in each pair.

What further makes this $180 per pair shoe much coveted is its limited edition status with only close to 2000 copies produced with many sneaker fans wanting this kicks in their collection.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Asics Gel Lyte
Price: $180
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The neatly constructed Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi runs right to size and has secure lockdown from the white flat lacing. The shoe comes in men’s sizes 4 to 14 in medium width.

Most collectors would probably not dare wear the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi on a daily basis. Instead, many of these collectors prefer keeping them in pristine conditions. For some other sneaker fans, however, wearing them for a special occasion is the most appropriate time to flaunt this high-class kick.

The premium materials used in this exclusive release are stylish without looking overwhelming with its red, white, black, and beige colors. The blend of colors makes it the perfect fashion statement that would make every sneaker fan appreciate this exclusive kick.

The exclusive silhouette that is painstakingly planned, designed, executed, and constructed by designers from Afew and Asics is most notable for this limited edition sneakers. The plush suede material for the upper, durable sole and construction, neatly placed Afew branding details and color accents inspired by the Japanese Koi fish, gives this exclusive design an instant boost to live up to all the hype since its release.

The first collaboration between Asics and German footwear retailer Afew happened in 2012 when they first handcrafted a pair of the famous Gel Lyte III’s. The design was designed by the Japanese koi which helped boost the popularity of the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi.

The limited Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi is part of the 25th year anniversary release of the Gel Lyte III which the Afew store handcrafted in 2012 and released during Japan Day.

The much-hyped release of the limited edition sneakers was a success with several sneaker collectors camping outside the Afew’s Dusseldorf store some four days before its May 30, 2015, release.

The novel concept of this new look for the Gel Lyte III was meticulously planned and executed.  The collaboration is delivered in a wooden Bento box with knick-knacks from chopsticks to a special commemorative booklet highlighting the history behind the design.

The package also contains two distinctively named shoelaces ‘Wasabi’ and “Soy sauce’ and a dust bag to keep the collector’s item in pristine condition. But aside from these freebies, what sets this collaboration apart is the unique Koi Camo outsole with patterns which resembled flakes given to Koi fishes. Branding details from Afew were also meticulously attached in the heel panel and insole.

  • The shoe has a removable insole with Afew branding graphics printed.
  • Perforations of the upper toe box and side panels of the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III Koi keep the shoe well-ventilated.
  • Bento box packaging contains a dustbag, a commemorative booklet, chopsticks, two sets of extra laces in Soy Sauce and Wasabi colors.

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