GEL-LYTE™ III OG G-TX
One of ASICS most beloved sneakers, the GEL-LYTE™ III was designed by longtime ASICS designer Shigeyuki Mitsui, and first released in 1990. The shoe’s key features remain intact, most notably the split-tongue design with the addition of a zipper to ensure water resistance. This winterized design is guaranteed by the GORE-TEX membrane.
GEL-QUANTUM 180™ 5 G-TX
Moving on to a more contemporary model, the GEL-QUANTUM 180™ 5 is kitted out with a 3D-printed upper, riding on a geometric sole unit with 180 degrees of GEL™ technology. The eyestay configuration is matched with asymmetrical laces and internal eyelets that support a locked-in fit, while the GORE-TEX membrane once again keeps the wearer dry and comfortable.
GEL-NANDI™ HI G-TX
As part of ASICS and GORE-TEX’s winterized pack, the rugged GEL-NANDI™ is presented with a high-top silhouette. Designed with GORE-TEX waterproof fabrics throughout the upper to help repel water and keep feet dry, this design is ready for the winter months.
I think the biggest challenge we faced was the GEL-LYTE™ III OG shoe. The model is known for its iconic split tongue, which makes it extremely comfortable to use and wear, but the design in and of itself is not as conducive as models with traditional tongues in creating a waterproof shoe. Working closely with the developers at both ASICS and GORE-TEX, we came up with a few ideas and potential solutions, all of which were put through rigorous testing to assess their functionality. In the end we chose a design that included a zip between the two sides of the tongue, which not only does the job of keeping you dry, but is also the solution, I think, that makes the shoe look fit for purpose as well.