ASICS GEL-LYTE III and Adidas Superstar Celebrate Their 30th & 50th Anniversary
The Asics GEL-LYTE III and Adidas Superstar are easily two of the most iconic silhouettes. With 2020 marking their 30th and 50th anniversaries, here are our favourite renditions over the years.
Possibly the two most popular sneaker silhouettes in recent times, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Asics GEL-LYTE III and 50th anniversary of the Adidas Superstar.
We take a brief look at the history of the sneakers and some of our favourite renditions of the silhouettes over the years.
Designed by Shigeyuki Mitsui in 1990, the Asics GEL-LYTE III is one of the most widely appreciated sneaker silhouettes. Mitsui was involved in the design process of the GEL-LYTE 2, after which he was given the "sole" responsibility of designing the successor model of the sneaker.
GEL-LYTE III was designed with an intention to provide fans with a shoe that was a perfect blend of performance and style. Although it was originally released in the 90s, the shoe received widespread recognition by sneakerheads in the early 2000s.
The distinct features of the shoe, such as the split tongue became an Asics signature style with the GEL-LYTE III silhouette's immense success.
1. Saint Alfred x Asics GEL-LYTE III (2013)
Although the Saint Alfred x Asics release was delayed by 6 months due to initial shipping issues, the sneaker - when it finally did release - was a huge hit. The cool-toned colourway of the sneaker features a light blue suede upper with darker blue heel accents along with a birch brown mid-sole. The 'beachy' colour palette amps up the classy silhouette and provides a highly wearable, aesthetic shoe.
2. PATTA x Asics GEL-LYTE III (2007)
Known as the king of sneaker collaborations, Amsterdam based PATTA released their first-ever collaboration with Asics in 2007 and paved the way for various future ones in the process.
Inspired by the Amsterdam 'Coat of Arms', the black, red and green colourway of the sneaker also features an interesting detail in the form of a paint splattered midsole.
3. Hanon x Asics GEL-LYTE III "Wildcats" (2011)
Inspired by a local running club, The Wildcats, Hanon released the running shoe collaboration with Asics. Featuring a lux punched suede upper in orange and red colours - with the addition of tonal tiger stripes and double woven labels on the tongue - the sneaker comes with three lace sets and a dust bag, featuring the ‘Keeps On Burning’ logo by Hanon.
4. Slam Jam x Asics GEL-LYTE III "5th Dimension" (2010)
Marking the first collaboration between Asics and Italy based Slam Jam, this particular shoe is considered to be the Holy Grail amongst the GEL-LYTE III releases. The sneaker sports a combination of grey mesh and suede materials, displaying a red gradient on the midsole with blue accent lining and laces.
A total of 276 pairs were released and came with a matching bag, socks and a CD that contained the soundtrack of the sneakers' promo video.
5. Ronnie Fieg x Asics GEL-LYTE III "Salmon Toe" (2011)
While some might disagree, this is one of Fieg's best work with Asics. Debuting in 2011 to celebrate Kith’s grand opening in New York, the classic colourway of Navy Blue and White was given a pop of character with a beautiful Salmon Pink colour block towards the toe.
A limited number of 72 pairs of the sneakers were produced, out of which only 40 pairs came with custom t-shirts and wooden Asics dog tags.
Originally released as a performance shoe in the 1970s, Adidas Superstar - owing to its grip, light weight flexibility, leather upper and shell toe - quickly became a favourite amongst athletes. So much so, that at one point almost 85% of the professional basketball players in the US, were wearing the Superstar.
The sneaker also became a big part of the evolving underground to mainstream hip-hop scene with artists such as Run DMC, releasing tracks titled “My Adidas”, displaying their loyalty to the brand and sneaker.
In recent years, we have seen the Superstar silhouette everywhere, from the runway to skateparks, and this has solidified its status as a game-changing trendsetter.
Check out our top 5 favourite renditions of the silhouette.
1. CLOT X Star Wars X Adidas Superstar “Darksidestar” (2010)
Designed by Edison Chen, the Adidas Superstar “Darksidestar” is easily one of the best Star Wars themed collaborations! Released in 2010, the sneaker features a black and red 'Sith' inspired colourway with a grey shell-toe.
The highlight however, no pun-intended, are the red glow-in-the-dark accents. The sneaker had a super exclusive release and came with special ‘Empire Athletic’ t-shirts as well.
2. Adidas Consortium Superstar X NEIGHBORHOOD (2015)
The NEIGHBORHOOD collaborated with Adidas for a special rendition of the Consortium Superstar. The sneaker features an embossed black, croc-print upper with tonal plain black three-stripes. The outsole, laces and shell-toe cap display a contrasting cream colour with the NEIGHBORHOOD's classic sword skull logo stamped near the heel.
3. Adidas Superstar x Pharrell Williams (2020)
Pharrell Williams 2020 collaboration with Adidas redesigned the Superstar silhouette drastically and gave it an overall deconstructed look. Ditching the traditional materials of the shoe and using prime knit for the upper and the design even replaced the iconic shell toe with fabric!
Released in two colourways of 'Core Black/Tech Purple' and 'Cloud White/Bold Gold', the shoes feature deconstructed multi-colour patchwork and the words “HUMAN RACE” stitched on the heel. Additionally, the insole displays the organ like shapes of the intestines, colon, and pelvis representing the human anatomy.
4. BAPE x Adidas "Super Ape Star" (2003)
Released in 2003 under the slogan “The Respect is Mutual”, this was BAPE and Adidas’s first collaboration. The initial sneakers were released in colourways of black and white, followed by two more models - one in luxe suede with gold accents and another sporting a canvas upper with BAPE’s iconic ape-head camo print - our personal favourites of the quartet!
5. RUN DMC X Adidas Superstar “My Adidas” 25th Anniversary (
The Adidas Superstar owes a lot of its success to the hip-hop group Run DMC. The 25th anniversary edition Superstars celebrated the hip-hop group and featured the year “1986” embroidered near the heel with the tongue of the shoe sporting the title of the song “My Adidas”.
The sneakers were accented in golden chain link details and Jam Master Jay’s initials embroidered on the heel tab as well.
With an illustrious history of collabs and releases under the belt, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two iconic sneaker silhouettes. Which ones are your favourite?