Lucky brands who have the privilege of collaborating with ASICS tend to steer towards to the Gel Lyte III. Tokyo’s mita Sneakers is no different as they have worked on the running model a few different times. In 2008, one of the collaborative projects of the year was on two versions of the split-tongue runner. Named the “Kirimomi Project,” the design idea behind the sneakers come from respective Japanese philosophies.
mita Sneakers x Asics Gel Lyte III “Kirimomi Project” uploaded by kid_sneakerness
Patent leather with mesh underlay are featured on both versions of the Kirimomi Project GEL Lyte III. For the purple and black colorway, patent leather takes up a majority of the upper including the perforated toebox. Special additions to this colorway include polka dots added around the toe, which are also featured on the ankle and laces. A speckled and reptile print midsole finished off the design for this particular colorway.
The black/white/blue colorway of the Gel Lyte III featured here, which is missing from the Sneakerpedia, is much more subdued than the purple version. Although patent leather is a part of the sneaker design it is used sparingly making way for the use of premium leather. Like the first version, it too has a speckled and crackled midsole. Blue hints are featured on the oustole, heel and special insole.
Two very different design of the Gel Lyte III, both versions were, and are, still highly sought after. Which version of these mita Sneaker designs do you prefer? If any #sneakerholic has the second version it is still needed on Sneakerpedia, so let us know if you can help with an upload.