The Asics Gel Lyte 3 is celebrating 25 years of greatness in 2015 and we’ve already seen the split-tongue silhouette release as a part of various collaborations. But none of them may be more impressive than this one with Taiwan-based Invincible.

Inspired by the discovery of the island of Taiwan by Portuguese sailors in 1542, these sailors named the island Ilha Formosa, which means “beautiful island.” It also means the Crested Goshawk, which has the scientific name “Accipiter Trivirgatus Formosae.” This Gel Lyte 3 draws inspiration from the grey-feathered bird and utilizes a nappy suede throughout the majority of the upper in different shades of grey. The heel tab is dressed in red, white and blue to pay homage to Taiwan’s October 10 holiday, Double Tenth Day. You can expect the Invincible x Asics Gel Lyte 3 “Formosa” to be available at Invincible in limited quantities beginning October 10, which will then be followed by wider release at select Asics retailers.

Author’s Take

The Gel Lyte 3 has been on FIRE this year. I’ve tried getting my hands on two collaborations this year and missed out on both of them. I like this pair but chances are that I’ll strike out again. Damn…

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