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The limited edition sneakers that were instantly sold out a few days after its release came out only in men’s sizing starting with US size seven up to 13 in medium width. Women may opt for the design by reducing the men’s size by a full size down. The shoe comes in co-branded laces with two other spare shoelaces to choose.
The Blue Carpenter Bee colorway has sparked interest among the retro sneaker community for its futuristic look and bee-inspired design that is obvious with literal bee graphic accents. Solebox branding highlights are also splattered all over the retro low-top sneaker for a premium finish.
The nubuck upper in Gel Lyte III silhouette is best paired with cropped jeans or a denim jogger. To further elevate the style and give emphasis to the sneaker, wearers may opt to roll their jeans a bit. Style-savvy sneaker fans may also opt for tattered shorts for that street-style look that seems to be a hit among the millennial generation.
The upper composed of microsuede and nubuck in typical Gel Lyte III silhouette is further aesthetically elevated with Carpenter Bee accents and Solebox details. The main highlight of the design remains to be the Gel cushioning system of the Gel Lyte III that provides enhanced cushioning and shock absorption that lasts all day.
Berlin-based shoe boutique Solebox has been running collaborations with various brands for retro sneakers, and Asics Gel Lyte III has been the silhouette given a new European styling. As early as 2012, teasers of the electric blue colorway coming out in the sneaker community pages. However, the Solebox x Asics Gel Lyte III was released only four years later. The design was initially thought to be shelved but was eventually released in 2016 as the Blue Carpenter Bee colorway.
The design is named after an Australian bee which can also be found in Southeast Asia; the Blue Carpenter Bee pays homage to this stingless insect with metallic black uppers in nubuck material. The design also involves an electric blue treatment on the signature split tongue of the Gel Lyte III. The shoe also has bee-design graphics in the insole and transparent part of the outsole.
The German sneaker boutique’s branding comes splattered all over from the laces, the sole, and the reflective back heel. The sneaker’s release date was on May 7, 2016. The anticipation for the sneakers release resulted with many fans of the Gel Lyte III silhouette making online reservations as early as a few weeks before the release. By the time the shoe was released by Solebox, it was quickly sold out with online resellers and collectors selling them at an even higher price a few months later.
- Solebox branding at the translucent sole, reflective back heel, and shoelaces.
- Grid-like mesh finish at the side and back panel resembles that of the Blue Carpenter Bee’s wings.
- Bee graphics at the insole and outsole maintains the entire concept of the design.
- Split-tongue design in microsuede material for additional comfort.
- Perforations at the nubuck upper toe box add extra ventilation to the sneaker.