The Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte V – Rose Gold and Sage are priced at $160 each. Both pairs will be available this Saturday, August 30th, at the Kith Pop-Up Shop at 66 Bleecker St., Kith Brooklyn at 233 Flatbush, and online at KithNYC.com.
The Rose Gold contains pigskin suede for the upper, as it takes color unlike any other material, as well as an added second pantone to the crossing stripes for a bit more depth. The 3M formstripes are asymmetrical, featuring white on the lateral and blue on the medial, to give this makeup a bit of a twist. The heel counter is a material Ronnie has never used before, and contains a subtle scratched-detailing that adds a whole new design element to this model. The inspiration behind the Rose Gold was of a photo Ronnie had taken of the sunrise during a flight home from the West Coast.
The story and concept behind the Sage is solely the materials. The execution is very detail-oriented, and need to be seen up close to grasp the effect the materials have. Also, none of the colors seen on the Sage are ones Ronnie has worked with to date. The pigskin upper combines a microperforated sage-colored vamp with sea green overlays. Premium white leather is used for the heel wrap, while the lower heel counter utilizes the same “scratched” material seen on the Rose Gold. The Gel Lyte V’s sockliner has been a point of difference for the silhouette, so an all-new open mesh material has been used to amplify it as much as possible. The aqua blue formstripes and heel tab are also a new material, and faintly display a subtle safari print that is only visible up close.
“These shoes ultimately represent the evolution of what I have done best with Asics in the past, which is a more monotone story. Now, you see multiple different tones and hues that all mesh very well together. It took me quite a few attempts to sort out how I wanted to execute these colorways, but I am more than happy with the result. When I sit down to work on a shoe absent of any concept or story to build around, and I am able to just work with colors, that’s when I create my strongest ideas”