ASICS | HAL STUDIOS® GEL-1130 MK II
Uniting once again for the second instalment of our ongoing conversation and collaborative partnership, we present the GEL-1130 MK II ‘FOREST’ — a celebration of ASICS innovative technology fused with the HAL STUDIOS® Design Thinking ideology.
Following the approach of our MK I release in April 2022, the MK II iteration continues the 'maximal minimalism' ethos by stripping back the usual characteristics and aesthetics of a traditional sports shoe, instead choosing to accentuate the retro-futuristic form and shape of the archival running silhouette through the pairing of contrasting textures and tones.
Inspired by the natural world, the palette references the forests of Japan and the Shinto shrines that are often found within them. Wide open breathable mesh and hairy suede paneling coated in shades of green are contrasted against brown leather accents and antique white midsoles. The Shinto shrines are highlighted by striking hits of orange found on the GEL cushioning heel unit, insoles, and collaborative rubber hang-tag.
The ASICS GEL-1130, first released in 2008 has preserved its TRUSSTIC™ support system to provide underfoot stability, while the iconic GEL technology cushioning in the heel unit absorbs shock to offer easy-wearing comfort - core to the sneakers' original identity.