When ASICS approached the Japanese store Mita to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gel-Lyte III, two names stood out: Shigeyuki Mitsui, the original designer of the Gel-Lyte III and Shigeyuki Kunii, creative director of Mita -two of the people who best know the secrets of one of the most mysterious silhouettes by ASICS.

While Mitsui created completely new silhouettes, Kunii worked with Asics to update them with re-editions that gave them a completely new meaning. Justa as it happened on the 25th anniversary, when they established a combination of colors based on the history of ASICS and on some of Onitsuka's original designs -white, red and blue. That three-color Gel-Lyte III known simply as TRICO, was one of the most celebrated editions of the 25th anniversary and was used as a pattern for the Gel-Lyte V, Kayano Trainer and Kayano 25.

The new ASICS Gel-Lyte OG TRICO 2020 Shigeyuki Mitsui x Shigeyuki Kunii gives meaning to that color combination by basing it on the Japanese flag, with a red toe box (that triggered the creation of a new manufacturing process that would maintain the fluidity of the lines between upper and midsole), and a small blue detail on the inside, as a tribute to its history. Mitsui himself left his mark in the silhouette by hand drawing Mita's symbolic fence on the insoles, while Kuni created a new fastening system as a way to redesign his classic split tongue. As final details, the hand-written 'Tokyo edition' by Mitsui, embroidered on the tongue, and the names of the two creators on the inside.

The first ASICS Gel-Lyte III special edition of 2020 is ready to celebrate its 30 years with a bang.