‘The apex of heritage and futurism’
Marking the fourth collab between the duo that captured our hearts this year, the GEL-CHAPPAL ™ might be crowned the peak of the ASICS X GmbH evolution. The Berlin-based GmbH have without a doubt brought their roots to this design, storytelling through garments their heritage, their present and what lies ahead. This collusion of vision has absolutely made the latest release- a shoe which is destined for a journey.
Made from vegan leather, and coming in two colour-ways (burgundy and black) this shoe is – in its purest conception- is inspired by a Peshwari chappal, the traditional sandal from Pakistan. From this vision, the pair have adapted the classic shoe with the iconic ASICS GEL ™ sole. Transgressing the boundaries of a formal shoe, to a classic sneaker… this design becomes a piece in its own right.
For the launch of this iconic shoe, GmbH worked with renowned Indian artist Sam Madhu in creating a digital masterpiece. The animation is accompanied by (one of our faves) Gabber Modus Operandi, an Indonesia duo, who make experimental music using the quintessential sounds of Javanese rhythms.
The ASICS X GmbH GEL-CHAPPAL ™ was first seen walking down the runway at GmbH’s AW20 show in Paris and will be available in selected retailers on November 10th!