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Jay Mijares
Jay Mijares
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HAL STUDIOS® and ASICS are uniting once again for the second instalment of their collaborative partnership. Presenting the GEL-1130™ MK II ‘Forest’ — a celebration of ASICS innovative technology fused with the HAL STUDIOS® Design Thinking ideology.

Following the approach of the GEL-1130™ MK I ‘Earth’ release in April 2022, the MK II iteration continues the ‘maximal minimalism’ ethos by stripping back the usual characteristics and aesthetics of a traditional sports shoe, instead choosing to accentuate the retro-futuristic form and shape of the archival running silhouette through the pairing of contrasting textures and tones.

Inspired by the natural world, the palette references the forests of Japan and the Shinto shrines that are often found within them. Wide open breathable mesh and hairy suede panelling coated in shades of green are contrasted against brown leather accents and antique white midsoles. The Shinto shrines are highlighted by striking hits of orange found on the GEL cushioning heel unit, insoles, and collaborative rubber hang-tag.


The ASICS GEL-1130™, first released in 2008 has preserved its TRUSSTIC™ support system to provide underfoot stability, while the iconic GEL technology cushioning in the heel unit absorbs shock to offer easy-wearing comfort – core to the sneakers’ original identity.

• Wide-open breathable mesh upper
• Hairy suede & faux leather overlays
• GEL technology cushioning
• TRUSSTIC support system
• Moulded EVA sole
• Rubber outsole
• Co-branded faux leather insole
HAL STUDIOS® transparent TPU tags on heels
• Two silicon-dipped lace options
• Co-branded box and rubber hang-tag

This time around HAL STUDIOS® decided to do it differently. Advance orders were taken for the HAL STUDIOS® x ASICS GEL-1130™ MK II ‘Forest’. Opened from the 5th of October to the 7th of October 2022. The 48-hour period will be the only opportunity to secure your pair, prior to a public release.


All successful advance orders will be delivered in Q2 (April – June) 2023, ahead of the project’s public release. HAL STUDIOS® advance order platform was thoughtfully designed to be a safe and fair space for customers to secure their purchase in a stress-free environment. The platform helps to minimise wastage, only producing the supply that is necessary — a solution that is better for our planet. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter, so you can stay up to date! For other ASICS features, click HERE and for sneaker features, click HERE.


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