ASICS Gel Lyte V x Monkey Time “Dress Up”

ASICS and the Japanese retailer Monkey Time team up for the second time this year for a very elegant take on the Gel Lyte V. The ASICS Gel Lyte V x Monkey Time “Dress Up” releases tomorrow, November 25th at Monkey Time locations retailed at 140€.
The information of the worldwide release will follow later on.


After collaborating with ASICS on the “Olive Crown” back in August, the Japan based retailer Monkey Time has teamed up with the Japanese brand to create the ASICS Gel Lyte V “Dress Up”.
For this occasion, they decided to work on the Gel Lyte V, because of the high comfort and lightweight of the silhouette. The concepts behind the project was to design a runner, which can not only for daily use, but also be worn with an elegant outfit.
The “Dress Up” features black troughout the whole upper and midsole, combining shiny leather on the toebox and heel with premium nubuck on the main part of the shoe and tiger stripes. By adding a white speckles pattern on the heel, they gave an unusual touch to what we normally see on dress-shoes.


Personally I don’t think I will be copping this pair, due to the amount of pairs I’ve already bought this month and I’m not a 100% convinced by the final result.
Overall I think Monkey Time has done a good job once again, they always try to keep it simple by using colorways which are good for daily use. In this case they chose black in white, colors that are always easy to combine and look good on feet.
In my opinion the material choice is very nice, the leather seems to be very soft on the pictures and the quality of the nubuck looks very high quality aswell. The only thing that I would have changed is the patent leather. Even if I liked the material on a couple of Mita and Ronnie Fieg collabs in the past, I would have used another kind of leather or material on the toebox and heel.
The pair also reminds me a bit of the Asics Gel Lyte III x Solefly “Night Haven”, which features similar material and that all black look troughout the whole silhouette with some mint and pink details.

Stay tuned for more information about the ASICS Gel Lyte V x Monkey Time “Dress Up”, which is available tomorrow, November 25th at all Monkey time locations and online, priced at 16,000¥ (about 140€)‎.
The infos to the worldwide drop will follow soon, let me know what you think of this pair below in the comments section!

Source: Monkey Time

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