ARTICLE BY Chris Danforth

Eight Silver ASICS Runners That Deserve a Gold Star

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The 90s and early 2000s were a formative time for running aesthetics, and few shoes capture the feeling of that period better than a pair of techy, silver ASICS.

While ASICS’ GEL-Lyte franchise may be top of mind for sneakerheads of a certain era, right now, some of their biggest partners like JJJJound and Naked are channelling the silver surfer with their collaborative designs, for example, JJJJound’s GEL-Kayano 14 or Naked’s GEL-1130.

Right now, ASICS also has a ton of silver, general-release kicks on shelves at sneaker boutiques and from the brand’s own website.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourites for you to shop below.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 ‘Cream/Pure Silver’

The Kayano franchise was introduced in 1993 with the ASICS GEL-Kayano Trainer, a cutting-edge, long-distance runner. Named after its designer Toshikazu Kayano, the original trainer served as the foundation for one of ASICS’ most popular product lines. The 14 arrived in 2008 and is shown here in a ‘Cream/Pure Silver’ variation.

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ASICS GEL-1130 ‘White/Butter’

A runner that offers tailored stability, the 1130 is a style from 2008 that has recently emerged as a sneakerhead favourite. The shoe’s design takes several cues from the Kayano 14, showing many of the same lines and details. While the 1130 no longer represents the peak of performance technology, ASICS has cleverly re-positioned the shoe as a versatile lifestyle model.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 ‘White/Pure Silver’

This rendition of the Kayano 14 maintains a clean upper with white mesh and silver panels, punctuated by orange hits throughout, including eye-catching orange GEL nodes in the midsole. The clean colour rendition allows white mesh and reflective silver panels to come to the forefront of the design.

ASICS GEL-Nimbus 9 ‘Pure Silver/Metropolis’

A distance trainer that was well-liked for its impact dampening, the GEL-Nimbus 9 offers a decoupled sole unit with GEL in the forefoot and heel. Off-white mesh panels on the upper are complimented by silver and grey overlays. Of course, silver hits on the upper recall mid-2000s running aesthetics.

JJJJound x ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 ‘Black’

For his very first team-up with ASICS, Justin Saunders serves up the 14 in an ultra-clean version, which swaps out ASICS’ conventional Kayano branding on the heel in favour of ‘JJJJound’ in matching font.

JJJJound x ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 ‘White’

The accompanying white version of JJJJound’s Kayano 14 is utterly angelic, with a stark white and silver upper and milky-translucent GEL cushioning in the midsole.

ASICS GEL-1090 ‘Piedmont Grey/Tarmac’

This take on the GEL-1090 doubles up the recommended dose of silver, creating a brave look, complimented by an off-white midsole and gunmetal mesh liner.

Naked x ASICS GEL-1130

Having previously worked on the Kayano 25, Copenhagen sneaker outpost Naked recently dropped this version of the 1130, adding mint hits throughout the retro runner. The vegan construction uses recycled materials for its upper, while co-branded sockliners nod to Naked and ASICS’ respective hometowns of Copenhagen and Kobe.

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