While a sneaker inspired by sand might not sound very exciting on paper, Japan's Monkey Time found a way to not only make it work, but make it one of the best ASICS Gel-Lyte V collabs of the whole year.

Following up on its "Lights & Shadows" Gel-Lyte V over the summer, Monkey Time retreats to the desert for its second entry of 2015. Known simply as "Sand Layer," this colorway is made up of varying tan shades and materials, resulting in a multi-textured look that resembles — you guessed it — sand. Elsewhere, a hit of gum towards the rear of the outsole compliments the look perfectly, while a fuzzy suede fills in the heel underlay.

These are set for a soft launch exclusively in Japan this weekend on November 21, with a wider release coming on December 5.