Asics GT II Style
The popularity of low-top retro running shoes continues from one generation to another because of their styling versatility. The Asics GT-II could go with any casual wear from joggers, shorts, and cropped jeans for bottoms and a loose shirt, polo, or button-down shirt without any hitch for men. Women may opt to wear them with stretchy leggings, shorts, jeans or jumpers with sleeveless tanks or sexy tops with enough chic and fashion chops to walk the streets all day.
With a variety of colorways for the Asics GT-II, wearers would not worry about awkward color combinations with their tops and pants as almost color combinations from monochromatic themes to contrasting colors and stripes make them stand out in the crowd. Sporty fashion no longer looks like a gym fashion occurrence as it slowly creeps into the world of street and casual fashion circles as the footwear of choice for people who are always on the go.
Asics GT II History
The history of this iconic running shoe silhouette of the Asics GT-II started in 1986. As the first Asics running shoe to feature the GEL Technology globally, the design was an instant hit with sneaker fans and running enthusiasts worldwide wanting to improve their track performance. As an upgraded version of the high-performance X-Caliber GT, the GT-II design had a simple silhouette that does not overpower one’s outfit and instead blends into everyone’s fashion tastes giving them everyday wearability.
Asics GEL Technology was created as an alternative to air cushioning systems being introduced by other brands in the 1980s. The silicone gel was then manufactured as the Alpha GEL by Japanese firm Taica and was first used in making ballpoint pens, LEDs, computers, and rocket technology. The technology is applied in different fields for its softness and cushioning material that is effective in shock absorption, heat dissipation, and vibration isolation.
For footwear, the Alpha GEL or GEL Technology has been proven to divert impact forces while efficiently running. With the use of Gel technology, running communities have welcomed the technology is it helped reduce vibration, prevent impact-related injuries, and help speed up the actual run.
The Asics GT-II since its launch over 30 years ago was released in various colorways and has taken multiple looks with collaborations with retailers and designers in the past years. The low-top GT-II sneaker is the first footwear to be infused with GEL technology in the midsole. Through the years, the design has not changed but only improved with a lightweight midsole on top of a high traction rubber outsole.
The upper, meanwhile, had several material changes from mesh, leather, and suede while contrast leather overlays of the Asics stripe logo on the side in often contrasting shades finishing the heritage look of the sneaker.
Several collaborations and colorways were also introduced to the Asics GT-II silhouette. Favorite colorways of the track legend include Blue/White, Squirrel, Green Ash, Dark Grey, Chilli, CMYK, White, and Black. Meanwhile, the famous collaborations include the Ronnie Fieg x Asics GT-II, Highs & Low x Asics GT-II Brick and Mortar, SneakersNStuff x Asics GT-II, Bait x Asics GT-II, and Netherlands Olympic Team x GT-II.