Earlier this week Ronnie Fieg and Nick Tershay (aka Nicky Diamonds) gave sneakerheads a brief first glimpse of their highly anticipated collaboration. The KITH x Diamond Supply Co x ASICS collab theoretically had all the components to be something truly mind-blowing. After all, it brings together one of the hottest street fashion designers in Fieg, an extremely popular skateboarding brand in Diamond Supply and one of the fastest growing brands of runners with ASICS. Like Fieg, Tershay is no stranger when it comes to putting out iconic sneaker collaborations and ten years ago he was able to take his brand to the next level by teaming up with Nike SB for the “Tiffany” Dunk Low. With only 4,000 pairs released it sold out immediately and continues to be one of the most highly sought after dunks.
Despite the initial anticipation early pictures of the upcoming collab have left some sneakerheads underwhelmed for a couple reasons. For one, although the sneaker is a clear nod to the “Tiffany” Dunk Low, which initially released in August 2005, the combination of tiffany and black or gray has grown tiresome and was painfully predictable. Diamond even released a high-top version with Nike SB in the exact same color scheme just last year. Also, regardless of how popular the ASICS Gel Saga silhouette has become it seems to limit Ronnie’s creativity in this case because people are familiar with the brilliance he was able to produce in the past with his own releases like the “Neptune” and “Mazarine Blue”. When he is not given the option to run wild with colors the result is a bit disappointing.
With all that said, this sneaker is still especially fly for a random pair of ASICS. If you are able to separate the hype and appreciate it for what it is, a nice runner made with top-quality materials and a popular color scheme, it is still very much worth copping. There is no doubt that it will be released in limited quantities and sell out immediately simply because of the power of the brands involved. Most importantly, the duo has also revealed that the pack will include a number of other items including other popular ASICS silhouettes like the “Gel Lite V,” which will come in a white and “Tiffany” color combination instead. Again not especially exciting, but you can decide for yourself with pictures of both sneakers in the gallery above.
Update: The release is scheduled for June 19 via KITH stores as well as its online shop. Diamond is also dropping the collection via its website as well as its Los Angeles and San Francisco locations. For international shoppers you can find the threads at colette in Paris, United Arrows & Sons Shibuya in Tokyo and Dover Street Market London.