Wider Release! Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte III 'B.O.I.'Release: 25 March 2022
News on this release was first published on February 18, 2022.
Update March 25, 2022: The Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte III 'B.O.I.' arrived on retailers' shelves on February 26 and sold out. Don't fret if you missed out, because a wider release is happening today March 25! Head down below for the retailers that are stocked.
Afew and ASICS' collaborative relationship stretches back a decade, and it's entering a new chapter in 2022 with a fresh GEL-Lyte III dubbed the 'B.O.I.'. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of 'wabi-sabi' – the acceptance of transience and imperfection – the 'B.O.I.' is loaded with special details that shift with wear, making for a unique, hand-crafted look.
The 'B.O.I' comes dressed in supple grey suede and is adorned with green Tiger stripes and purple heel embellishments. These Tiger stripes provide some key details, namely that they were made to wear away on the lateral side (revealing a hidden detail) and are embroidered for a switch-up on the medial side. The shoe's leather heel mold is a first for the GEL-Lyte III, and co-branded heel details sit above a jaggedly-stitched overlay that's split between cloth and suede. Printed cork insoles and traditional gum outsoles finalise the look.
If you're curious as to why Afew has such a way with the GEL-Lyte III, it's because they've worked on it so many times before! Their first go-around was 2012's now-iconic GEL-Lyte III 'Koi', followed by 2015's GEL-Lyte III 'Black Koi', a three-headed colab with Beams in 2018 and a 1-of-1 style that appeared earlier this month dubbed 'Beauty of Imperfection'.
Expect the Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte III 'B.O.I.' to release via the Afew web store on February 26, with a raffle open now.