ASICS and HAL STUDIOS recently launched their latest iteration of their collaborative partnership with the launch of the GEL-1130 ™ MK II ‘FOREST’. The MK II ‘FOREST’ is a celebration of ASICS’ innovative technology fused with the HAL STUDIOS® Design Thinking ideology.
The MK II design expresses the evolution of ASICS and HAL STUDIOS’ ‘maximal minimalism’ ethos. Following the MK I, launched in April 2022, the MK II sees the classic ASICS GEL-1130 ™ heritage style with stripped back characteristics of the traditional running silhouette, paired with contrasting textures and tones.
The ‘FOREST’ colourway draws inspiration from the natural world, with the palette referencing the forests and Shinto shrines of ASICS’ home, Japan. Wide open breathable mesh and hairy suede panelling coated in shades of green are contrasted against brown leather accents and antique white midsoles. The striking orange highlights on the GEL ™ cushioning heel unit, insoles, and collaborative rubber hang-tag are inspired by Japanese Shinto shrines.
The classic ASICS GEL-1130 ™ style, first released in 2008, maintains its key technological features including the TRUSSTIC ™ support system to provide underfoot stability and iconic GEL ™ technology cushioning. The preservation of these features in the design process allows the heel unit to absorb shock, offering easy-wearing comfort reimagined with a modern feel for the streets.
ASICS Australia Managing Director, Mark Brunton said, “ASICS Sportstyle is excited to see our continued partnership with HAL STUDIOS® come to life with the latest launch of the GEL-1130 ™ X MK II ‘FOREST’ footwear collaboration.
Our Sportstyle team continues to innovate and push the boundaries of the sneaker space with the shoe’s design paying homage to ASICS Japanese heritage and the classic GEL-1130 ™ running silhouette, whilst celebrating the creative vision of a local brand.”