The next release of endless releases from Ronnie Fieg with ASICS is here. It comes as a double launch with one that is a re-hash from one of his previous shoes and another that looks like he got the idea from the wet ASICS Gel Lyte lll “Cove”. First up is the Gel Lyte V “Rose Gold” colorway that mimics his GTll; you can read my breakdown of the two shoes here. Aside from the differences I wrote about, there is nothing really here to be excited about; other than missing out on it the first time around. Personally, I prefer the GTll. My biggest complaint would be with the hue of this release. It doesn’t match the OG at all. It looks dull here and a bit more orange. This was also an issue with the recent Gel Lyte V “Mint Leaf” and “Cove” releases which were a bit off when compared to the OG make-ups. The other issue is the abundance of that blue hue. There’s just too much of it here. So if you have the GTll “Rose Gold”, you still winning. Again, this release feels like it was meant for the people that missed out on the first one. I’m good with the OG, thank you….
Next is the new colorway he pushed out dubbed “Sage”. It’s a really nice combination of blue hues with some white to balance those colors out. He even added some skin toned hue accent to the tongue and to the front of the out-sole for a little pop of color. Where this shoe shines is in the material department. Yes, I can talk materials all day about RF’s releases and it’s no surprise, but that’s one of the major reasons I’m a fan of his shoes. No one, and I mean NO ONE can claim this more so than Ronnie Fieg. At least when it comes to price point and what he has accomplished in this market with sneakers. With that said, this make-up has a load of materials. To be exact, there are 10. There’s pigskin suede, microperforated suede, scratched leather, honey comb-like mesh ankle liner, 3M, safari-like leather for the tiger stripes, etc. All done fashionably nice and it’s definitely the best of the two. But, I can’t buy into myself because it reminds me of a tonal version of the classic “Cove” colorway. As a fan who has been buying his product when no one cared, and it was only 5 of us lining up at David Z, it brings nothing new to the table. Easy pass for me.
To date, I believe the “Volcano” is his best release in years (ECP was his other double banger from 2013). When you set your own standard, it’s hard to beat and I don’t think he did it with either pair on display here. I’m sure the resellers are choking on their own saliva though. They’re probably more excited about this double release than the fans themselves. Fucking wankers. Anyway, if you’re interested and didn’t score a ticket for the in-store release, you ‘ll be able to grab them online as usual. Both pairs will retail for $170.00 each, respectfully, at KITHNYC. Good luck to all the fans that want these pairs. Sage FTW!
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