Before the very popular Gel Lyte Speed pack, Patta and Asics first teamed up on a single sneaker back in 2007, the Gel Lyte III. A favorite of many sneaker fans, the design was close to the hearts of Patta family especially for its split tongue. The design for the sneaker was truly a team effort as one person thought of the colors, another the design inspiration and another how to tie it all together.
Patta x Asics Gel Lyte III uploaded by Jay BKRW Smith
Not surprisingly the colors for the sneaker design comes from a combination of red and black representing Amersterdam and green to represent Patta. Along with the colors, Amsterdam’s weapon of a shield with 3 crosses added were integrated into the design seen on the liner. Premium materials were of course chosen for the special collaboration, with a matte red leather for the main panels, white perforated nubuck for the toe box and side panels, black suede on the side panels, and matte green leather on the tongue finishing up the colorway. The cross infused liner was done up in leather with 3M accents added throughout.
That wasn’t the end of the design process though as Patta packed the sneakers with 3 sets of laces. The choices were plain green, black with white crosses and black with red and green accents. Also special insoles were added with the shop’s P logo. To finish it all off instead of a regular box these Patta x Asics Gel Lyte III were packaged in a special backpack done up just like the sneakers. Only 250 pairs were created and still remain one of the most sought after Patta collaborations released.