A dope colorway on a classic silhouette doesn’t have the same ring as “A sound mind in a sound body,” but both tie back to Ronnie Fieg and the Asics Gel Lyte III. First given away as a sample, the Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” was initially just a sample. As Ronnie tells it, he “friends” gave him a hard time about releasing a show with a “pink toe” and decided to not release it. However, thanks to the power of the internet, the show finally make it to the public in September of 2011.
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” uploaded by Eugene_Flash
Before we dig into the special way the shoe was released, let’s first talk about the shoe. At this point in his career, Ronnie had already established himself as the guy when it came to Asics collaborations. For this release, Ronnie wanted to make things extra special. For one, he takes is immeasurable amount pride when it comes to his collaborations, the second, is that the Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” would mark the launch of KITH. In grand style, Ronnie made 40 special edition version of the sneaker and placed them in an engraved box. Not only was the box engraved, the box was made of a premium wood and included a KITH x Asics collaborative Salmon Toe t-shirt with wooden dog tags. The full ” Salmon Toe” set was limited to only 40 pieces and helped introduce Ronnie Fieg and the KITH Set to the world.
Made with a premium nubuck, the Asics Gel Lyte III took sneakerholics by storm with its navy rear and perforated salmon toe. Ronnie left just enough white on the silhouette to break up the color duo and even added salmon on the piping of the logo to show the details matter as well. Released back in September 30, 2011, the Ronnie Fieg Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe” sold out quickly in its two price points. For those looking to grab a pair in today’s sneaker market, be prepared to pay close to a thousand dollars for a deadstock pair, and according to eBay, near $400 for a used pair. Either way, we appreciate that work that Ronnie is doing and look forward to his upcoming collaborations