Back in 2012, Germany-based retailer Afew came out with the first 1-of-1 handmade Edition of the “Koi” and later officially released the Afew x Asics Gel-Lyte III “Koi” in 2015 as part of the twelve pack “25th anniversary” releases.
In early 2018, Afew kicked off the “Year of the Orange Koi” as a direct sequel. The orange coloured koi is a unique subspecies of the koi fish that tends to have a golden shine depending on how the light reflects on it. While the first iteration was inspired by “Kōhaku” koi (red & white), the latest iteration takes inspiration from “Bekko” koi and was designed with the help of the Japanese brand BEAMS.
The suede upper is dominated by the standout orange that is found on the toe, heel, and sock-liner. The sides showcase grey panelling with the ASICS stripes completing the look in a rich dark blue. The bamboo-inspired eyelets as well as the crisp white laces and perforated side panel are welcomed details that further highlight the intricate nature of this design.
The central theme celebrates the friendship between the German and Japanese collaboration with the Afew x BEAMS x Asics Gel-Lyte III “Orange Koi” finely crafted to include premium co-branding. The left patch on the heel shows a world map and the patch on the right shoe has the word “Friendship“ in Japanese letters. The names of the collaborating stores are also embossed on each side of the shoe and it comes with two sets of custom insoles that further cement this release’s Japanese heritage. With an astonishing attention to detail, the sole has been designed with the “Orange Koi“ camo. To top it off, there’s a transparent part of the sole where you can see the koi.
The Good Life will release the Afew x BEAMS x Asics Gel-Lyte III “Orange Koi” in-store on a first come, first served basis at 10:00am on Saturday November 17th