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ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 “Chemist Creations”

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Released in November 2019 as part of a two-silhouette pack including two colorways of GEL-FujiTrabuco 7 SPS, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 5 “Chemist Creations were designed by taking design cues from ASICS classics and reimagining them following both brand’s technical DNA

Chemist Creations was created in 2019 by C2H4, a Chinese futuristic brand founded in 2014 by the young Shanghai-based designer Yixi Chen.
Established from a different perspective of the same branch of fashion, C2H4’s brainchild aims to show that the brand is more than just about science by crafting more life essential clothing.
In science, the simplest theory is most likely true and it is exactly the belief of what Chemist Creations does.
With the mission to create quality and well-designed products which would truly help and make the world a more pleasant place to live in.
It waives the unnecessary symbols and tags and returns to the product itself by only experiencing the shape, color, material, and texture to “resonate the cultural thinking needed among the noisiness in the current world“.

Created in 1993, the ASICS GEL-Kayano was originally developed at the brand’s lab in Kobe, Japan, under the codename “TOP OF RUNNING SHOE”.
The product has been renewed annually ever since, with its name being an homage to perpetual evolution (Kaizen, in Japanese).
In 1999, the Japanese brand launched the here analyzed GEL-Kayano 5, a high-end performance trainer that became part of a family of shoes that set the benchmark for “stability running”.
This updated silhouette answered perfectly to the global trend toward cross-training, which was a hit particularly in the US (the shoe’s primary target market).

Dubbed the “Marshmallow” for its clean cream and white tones, this rendition was conceived after observing the exploration of the chemical sublimation process. The upper swaps mesh for nubuck and leather, delivering a premium mashup complemented with translucent sidewall shields. 
Bringing once again their laboratory-ready aesthetic to the iconic silhouette, CC decorated the sidewalls with concealed ripped-out tyvek paper, while the Chinese typography for Chemist Creations sits along with Asics branding on the heel to complete the look.
Further Chinese inscriptions, reading Chemical, can be found on the woven pull-tab, whereas at the end the upper is supported by a rubber midsole embedded with visible GEL cushioning.

Instead, the carbon iteration of the GEL-Kayano 5 presents an inherent focus on texture complementary to the previously analyzed “marshmallow” colorway.
Starting from top this futuristic laboratory-inspired take on the retro GEL-Kayano 5 showcases carbon grey chamois leather and suede across the entire upper composition, accented with considered hits of blue throughout. 
To further reinforce the clinical aesthetic, the sneaker’s iconic sidewall stripe is covered with a transparent shield, while Chemist Creations’ signature typographic branding was added to the rear to complete the upper.
Eventually, the whole design is capped off by a charcoal grey midsole, equipped with Asics-GEL pods, and a white rubber outsole.

Written by SBDUNK History
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