Way back in 2012, Germany-based retailer Afew partnered with ASICSTIGER for the release of a variant of the GEL-Lyte 3, simply titled “koi.” With the additional partnership with the Japanese contemporary fashion chain, BEAMS, the trio has joined forces for another koi-inspired collaboration, drawing on inspiration from the Bekko koi for the AFEW X BEAMS X ASICS GEL-LYTE 3 “Orange Koi” drop.
The Orange Koi theme has been inspired by cross-continental themes, fusing German and Japanese influences. The sneaker, as well as the accompanying apparel by BEAMS, features a world map on the left of the heel, while the righthand side features the word “friendship” in Japanese lettering. The Afew and BEAMS brand logos are also present on the heels. The shoe is heavy on the white and orange colours and patterns, synonymous with the koi, which extends to the sole of the shoe in the Orange Koi camouflage. Such fine details are present throughout the drop, revealing hidden koi fish, which is evident in the semi-translucent sole beneath. The text “AFEW X BEAMS X ASICSTIGER” is also present on the lacing, which is finished with an orange tip.
The AFEW X BEAMS X ASICSTIGER “Orange Koi” is set to drop on 10 November 2018 in a few international markets. Unfortunately, there aren’t any plans as yet to bring the collaboration to South African shores. If you do wish to cop a pair, you can purchase them from the Afew website for €184,95. The drop features special packaging, which also includes a bandana, incense and a history booklet within the contents.