The ASICS GEL-Lyte III ‘Tourmaline’ Revisits the Rainbow Rodeo
Sneakerheads with short memories or uncut teeth may look at these new ‘Tourmaline’ ASICS GEL-Lyte IIIs pictured above and perceive the multicoloured concept to be a new idea. Rather, it’s on the contrary. There are definitely strong spiritual links back to some of GL3 pusherman Ronnie Fieg’s earliest work with ASICS, via retailer David Z and the ‘252 Pack’, which made full use of the model’s multiple panels to go Rainbow Ronnie.
Where those releases were a reflection of the time (2007 to be exact) in their glossy patent leather finishes, things in 2021 are a little bit more restrained – at least on the material front. Suede and tight woven nylon soften the brightness ever so slightly, allowing the menagerie of candy colours to somewhat harmoniously co-exist on a sneaker originally rendered in neon hues. There’s sherbet yellow, pistachio green, juicy purple, zesty orange, and cool blue placed throughout these GL3s, and it achieves precarious balance. Perhaps it’s thanks to the minimal yet key insertions of black at the heel stabiliser and rubber outsole to ground the colourway and give it some semblance of conventional foundations.
Not every sneakerhead may feel comfortable rocking this Technicolour Dreamcoat for the feet, but they’ll definitely be missing out on the certified cush of that GEL tech. Take time to consider these choices ahead of the drop, which is due some time soon.