Ronnie Fieg always closes the year with a big bang release. Last year it was his Mazarine Blue Saga and for 2012 he drops an all indigo red selvedge denim ASICS GLlll. The shoes makeup is a bit different from what we are used to seeing from him, so for me, it’s a bit refreshing. Steering away from the usual pigskin suede and a perf toe-box, the shoe only displays some leather on the Tiger Stripes and his now popular rope laces. The color-way mimics indigo red selvedge denim by making the underlining accent on the Tiger Stripes red, accompanied by red heel embroidery and the ASICS logo on the midsole. The shoe stays pretty basic and straight forward, but at the same time, that simplicity is what makes this his best ASICS release of the year hands down…
To accompany this release there will be a collaborative crew-neck sweater between KITH x BWGH (drop 1 of 2). The piece looks pretty top notch in the material department and the color-way is a perfect match for this shoe. There is of course one thing that bothers me a bit. The ‘Just Us’ motto dead center makes the garment looks like it should be worn by the employees at KITH. If not for that, I would be all over this sweater on launch day also.
As I look back at all of Ronnie Fieg’s releases from this year and 2011, I can only see a couple that can compete with this strong make-up and/or release. When it comes to leaving a mark behind in the ending year of 2012, you have to create something special for the fans to googly eye over. At the same time, have them reminisce on how it slipped out of their hands. I can honestly say that this that one. So, be prepared to type as fast as you can to get them orders in on one of RF’s best ASICS drop in the past two years.
NOTE: I can say the above because I have actually seen the sample shoe in 2011 and felt the quality of materials. For those worried about the toe box wrinkling up quick, it’s actually very soft and not as hard as you may think.
The sweater will be $120 and the shoe is priced at $145. Both items will be available in limited quantities in-store at both KITH locations and of course, online at kithnyc.com. The drop date? This Friday, December 14th, 2012 starting at 11am EST.
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