In a meeting of the sneaker minds, Matt Halfhill of Nice Kicks and Ronnie Fieg of David Z linked up on these Asics Gel Lyte IIIs. A more in-your-face colorway than the Culture Shoq make-ups that dropped a couple months back, these will be a good look, even if you don't attend St. Johns. The shoes are now available at David Z for $105, but if you don't trap 'em down now, they're going to be gone Forever (word to Drake, 'Ye, Wayne, and Em.) Check a mini-interview with Halfhill and Fieg after the jump.
Complex: Why did you want to work with Nice Kicks?
Ronnie Fieg: I chose to work with Nicekicks on the trilogy project because they are by far my favorite sneaker blog. Matt Halfhill and I have been friends for years and we see eye-to-eye on many sneaker related issues. The goal was to work together and design a classic that will stand out in the sense of superior quality, great color scheme, and most importantly put our design on an iconic style that has grown to be our personal favorite.
Complex: How do you think this sneaker differentiates itself from the other special make-ups you've done?
Ronnie Fieg: Each of the three trilogy's are very different from one another. The Nice Kicks Gel is the only mono-tone shoe in the pack and is very special because of the materials we chose to work with. The nubuck and pigskin on this shoe really set it off as one of my all time favorite shoes I've worked on to date.
Complex: You've been involved with sneaker culture for a while, what was it like designing your first pair?
Matt Halfhill: For almost 4 years I have been writing about sneakers other people designed, but when I was given the opportunity to do a shoe my own way I felt very blessed. Â I think a good percentage of sneaker addicts have looked at the blank canvases of sneakers and dreamed of doing it up our own way. Â
Complex: How much emphasis was put on the materials of the sneakers?
Matt Halfhill: I am a bit anal when it comes to materials on shoes. Â I can't tell you how many times a brand has used a certain material that ends up making the shoe a deal-breaker for me. Â I didn't want to use just unique materials or textures, but something that would wear well. There have been many collabs that may look wonderful on the shelf, but I have had some bad experiences taking them around the block for the first walk. Â The toe cap of the shoes is nubuck that gives the shoe some good strength while the toebox and side panels are a perforated pig skin. Â Though the shoes are virtually all red on the upper, the stripes are perforated patent with a reflective 3M underlay maintaining the signatory Asics stripes.
Complex: In your mind, what would make the collab a success?
Matt Halfhill: Just to know if people appreciate the shoes and enjoy them. Â Ultimately, I just want people to like the shoes and WEAR them.