For the third instalment in the Japanese themed collaborative project between ASICSTIGER and size? ASICSTIGER are pleased to present the latest and final size? exclusive release, the GELSAGA ‘Balloon Fiesta’.
The shoe takes it’s name from the Saga-Prefecture of Japan, located in the Northwest part of the island of Kyushu. Each year in late October, thousands of locals and international visitors alike descend on the city for the annual Balloon Fiesta, one of the largest sky sports events in Asia. Since 1980, teams invited from across the globe attend to compete in a series of ballooning tasks in which markers are dropped onto a target from a great height.
Paying homage to this traditional event, a themed colourway and material make-up onto the original shape of the GELSAGA. has been applied. A multi-coloured ripstop reminiscent of that used on a hot air balloon’s Envelope (that’s the fabric bag that fills up with hot air) sets the theme in motion, sitting on the toebox and sidewall underlay. Deep black suede covers the upper, a material inspired by the gloves worn by pilots to avoid the scorching heat of the burners. Finishing off the detailing, alternating coloured lettering is placed on the heel counter calling out the silhouette’s name, and a distinctive multi-balloon print graphic sits on the inside sockliner.
size? exclusive ASICSTIGER GELSAGA ‘Balloon Fiesta’ will be available in limited numbers via the sizepreviews app and in selected size? stores from Saturday 17 November. Price £90. For men and women in sizes UK 3– 12.