ASICS has produced some incredible shoes in recent years, drawing inspiration from an eclectic mixture of areas. This time, it has looked to the chameleon, a species famed for its ability to change its colours and blend in with its surroundings. ASICS has produced a Chameleoid Mesh, one that changes colour depending on the angle it is viewed at, and created one of the most visually unique shoes we’ve seen this year – the GEL Kayano EVO in Gecko Green/Guava.
As I’ve mentioned, the upper comes in what ASICS has christened Chameleoid Mesh. Black knitted lines run horizontally along the shoe, which feature red and volt lines underneath that are both visible and invisible from different angles. This means that depending on your view, the shoe appears red, volt, or a mixture of the two, unlike anything we’ve seen before on a shoe here at Attitude. The ASICS Tiger Stripes running along the lateral and medial sides of the shoe have been given a rubberised translucent construction to further expose the incredible upper of the shoe, and the only colour blocking comes at the heel and ankle collar. The former features a black rubberised heel counter providing support, and the latter also comes in black whilst providing a sock-like fit. ASICS branding is embroidered in volt onto the tongue, contrasting nicely against the black backdrop, whilst matching the upper of the shoe perfectly.
GEL cushioning is potentially ASICS’ most revered technology ever, and is of course present in this Kayano EVO. It provides an unparalleled amount of cushioning under-foot, and when combined with the staggered design of the sole which makes your foot roll off the ground when you move, results in one of the most comfortable shoes we have here at Attitude. The upper performs as good as it looks, too, providing a great amount of flexibility and lightweight comfort, meaning this shoe could be used as a proper running shoe if necessary. This model was ahead of its time in the ’90’s, and I think its safe to say that with updated iterations like the Chameleon, it’s even ahead of this day and age.
The ASICS GEL Kayano Evo is releasing here at Attitude Inc. online today, and in-store tomorrow. Grab a piece of sneaker history, because one things for certain, when the ASICS Chameleoid Mesh technology takes off, everyone will look back to this shoe as the beginning of the future.