ASICS Unveils Archive and Kiko Kostadinov-Inspired GEL-KYRIOS

Japanese sportswear giant ASICS has unveiled the all-new GEL-KYRIOS, its latest retro-inspired runner that draws from the label’s rich archive.

The GEL-KYRIOS takes influences from the GEL-HELIOS from 2005 and 2006, and updates the OG pair with tooling taken from Kiko Kostadinov‘s signature GEL-KIRIL, all while preserving many original features. For example, the upper remains as retro as possible with the use of layered mesh and synthetic leather coming together for a classic running aesthetic, while the sole unit has been reinvented using FLYTEFOAM Propel system and GEL technology cushioning in the heel.

An exaggerated traction pattern on the outsole has also been implemented, making the shoe’s new sole unit perform in all kinds of conditions while running. Kenichi Kawano, who designed both the GEL-HELIOS and the GEL-KYRIOS, said in a press statement, “I wanted to reimagine its key functionality features with modernized components that appeal to today’s performance running trend in street style. We pulled various design elements from the original GEL-HELIOS trainer to create a heritage-inspired silhouette with advanced tooling.”1 of 5

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The GEL-KYRIOS is launching in two signature colorways, “White/Black” with blue stripe detailing, and “Black/White” with red detailing. ASICS is also releasing three other versions that adopt fluo yellow, black, and light gray color schemes. The sneaker’s best angle is its rear, where the stripes come together in a wavy pattern and wrap around a circular “GEL” logo.

Take a look at the ASICS GEL-KYRIOS campaign above, and pick up both signature pairs from ASICS’ website, its stores, and select retailers worldwide on August 27. All will retail for £115 GBP (approx. $150 USD).

For more technical retro shoes, check out Salomon Advanced’s XA-Pro Fusion that’s just landed in yellow.
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