These Asics Are Meant to Be Set on Fire

The Airei x Gel-Quantum Kinetic is limited to just 30 pairs.

Image via Airei

After releasing a plaster-covered GT-2160 for its first Asics collab during Paris Fashion Week last year, Airei has applied its avant-garde aesthetic to the Gel-Quantum Kinetic shown here.

For this latest project, the Los Angeles-based brand wrapped the Gel-Quantum Kinetic's upper entirely in a special khadi gauze crafted in Eastern India. Based on the images of this project, it appears that Airei intended for the initial layer on the upper to be burned, revealing a base layer featuring the iconic Asics stripe logo and Airei branding. Underneath is a futuristic Scutoid Gel-cushioned outsole.

The accompanying shoebox is wrapped in the gauze material designed to allow fans to be part of the destructive process.

Much like the first project, this Airei x Asics Gel-Quantum Kinetic collab will be available in limited fashion, as 30 pairs will launch on Feb. 29 exclusively at the Dover Street Market's pop-up space in Los Angeles. The sneaker retails for $265.