ASICS | HAL STUDIOS® GEL-1130 MK II
One year after our explosive collaboration in April 2022 on the first GEL-1130 project, ASICS and HAL STUDIOS® have once again united for the second instalment of their ongoing conversation and collaborative partnership.
he GEL-1130 MK II FOREST celebrates ASICS' advanced technology fused with the HAL STUDIOS® "Design Thinking" ideology. Following the approach of the MK I release, designer/creative director John Bouquet continues the"maximal minimalism" ethos on the MK II iteration by reducing the usual characteristics and aesthetics of a traditional sports shoe. Instead, the design accentuates the retro-futuristic form and shape of the archival running silhouette through the pairing of contrasting textures and tones.
First released in 2008, the silhouette has preserved its TRUSSTICTM support system to provide underfoot stability, while the iconic GEL technology cushioning in the heel unit absorbs shock, offering superior comfort and support — core to the sneakers' original identity.
Inspired by the natural world, the palette of the GEL-1130 MK II nods to the beauty of Japan's lush forests. Wide-open breathable mesh and hairy suede paneling coated in shades of green are contrasted against brown leather accents and antique white midsoles. Striking hits of orange are found on the GEL cushioning heel unit, sock liner, and collaborative rubber hang-tag.