The final drop of the 2021 Asics X Vivienne Westwood collaboration reveals an exclusive Gel-Kayano 27 DE sneaker.

Saving the best for last, the renowned sports brand and iconic British brand has revealed a deconstructed version of the popular shoe.

Time-honoured and distinctive, both Asics and Vivienne Westwood are brands that draw strength from long-lasting quality of design and materials. The brands also utilise advanced technology and innovation within their work.

It is the sharing of these design philosophies which formed the inspiration for this on-going design collaboration. This new sneaker clearly reflects those ideologies.

Asics X Vivienne Westwood Gel-Kayano 27 DE
Gel-Kayano 27 DE in Lichen Green/Ox Brown

A Deconstructed Approach

The Asics X Vivienne Westwood Gel-Kayano 27 DE boasts the seminal Westwood DIY aesthetic-playing with deconstruction.  Decoding the sneakers raw construction, each element of the sneaker reveals purposefully contrasted monochrome or earth tones with vibrant underlays.

The specialised framework of the upper shoe is showcased by Westwood’s Creative Director, Andreas Kronthaler. Inspired by the sneakers technical form, the Gel-Kayano 27 DE features an upper made from ripstop fabric.

The material, traditionally used by the military for its incredible strength and durability, provides a utilitarian feel. It not only provides a raw look to the sneakers but also adds textural quality to its structural design. Although not a running shoe, the midsole and outsole of the Gel-Kayano 27 DE retains the trainer’s technologies.

Asics X Vivienne Westwood Gel-Kayano
Asics X Vivienne Westwood Gel-Kayano 27 DE White/Lichen Rock

Featuring GEL technology cushioning and Dynamic Duomax technology, they form part of Asics’ I.G.S (Impact Guidance System). This comprehensive design philosophy meets the biomechanical needs of various sports, providing a fluid ride for efficient and natural performance.

The limited Asics X Vivienne Westwood Gel-Kayano 27 DE is available in two colourways – Lichen/Green/Ox Brown and White/Lichen Rock. Priced at $339, they are available for purchase from Asics.com, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Store (Scotts Square) and Dover Street Market.

(Images: Asics)

written by.
Richard Augustin
Former chef turned writer; Richard has tip-toed around the publishing industry for two decades. When not busy chasing deadlines, you can still find him experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

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