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ASICS x GmbH Gel-Chappal

‘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! 

Keep an eye out for the release here.

ASICS x GmbH Gel-Chappal

December 10th 2020

Words by Grace Powell