hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice' - In-store Launch

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, and the 25th Anniversary of the Gel-Lyte III coming to an end with only two collaborations remaining, November 28th was to bring one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and probably hanon's biggest release to date. A long time in the making, and a long time waiting for the day to come around, the hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice' (full details here) in-store launch was sure to be a crazy one!

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With hanon being the only store in the UK to be stocking the shoe, and with the majority of the other stockists worldwide having in-store only launches also, the release of the 'Solstice' had attracted people from all corners of the country. The first campers arrived on Wednesday, and by Thursday, the camp was in full swing, with the lucky first 35 campers on-track to getting the Asics and hanon branded Mag-Lite.

Thankfully, except for a very cold Friday night, the weather held out for the campers, and on Saturday morning, there was over 200 people waiting in line for the doors to open at 10am.

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10am came around, doors opened, and the queue started flowing, and by 2:30pm, the hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice' was SOLD OUT! Although hanon didn't have as many pairs as they would have hoped, pretty much everyone who was in the queue managed to secure a pair and that's what matters!

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A big shout to everyone who made the long or short journey to hanon for the shoe, the support is always hugely appreciated!

Hope to see everyone at the next launch which will be the hanon x Le Coq Sportif R1000 'French Jersey' on Thursday 3rd December 5-7PM in-store.

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hanon x Asics Gel-Lyte III 'Solstice'

It's the one we've all been waiting for, right? Finally, November has came around and this means that it's hanon's turn to collaborate on the Asics Gel-Lyte III as part of the Gel-Lyte III's 25th Anniversary. For me personally, I haven't paid a great deal of attention to Asics over the last little while as my sights have been firmly set on New Balance, but when it comes to a hanon collaboration, I'm always intrigued, and after the success of the 'Wildcats', this shoe was sure to be a banger.

This shoe would be extra special though, as it was the first project that I would be involved in while working for hanon and a few very cold mornings and nights were spent trying to nail the press release shots for this collaboration.

But first, let's take a look at the story behind the shoe.

To commemorate this silver milestone, our edition of the GEL-LYTE III revisits the night sky and astronomical theme as depicted on earlier hanon x Asics projects, this time taking inspiration from the longest and shortest days of the year – commonly referred to as the Solstice.

Drawing inspiration from our northerly location in Scotland where the dark winter evenings are in stark contrast to the long summer nights, we looked to the ‘gloaming’ and enduring skies of the fairer months and have applied a luxurious blue azure suede and plush purple nubuck to the upper.

Depicting the shimmering lights of the sky we added a bespoke perforation to the vamp which includes a tonal 3M underlay as well as reflective Tiger Stripes and woven lace. When the shoe catches the light it illuminates, mirroring the ever changing hues during the evenings of the summer months. Further night-themed inspiration can be found on the blue frosted segments to the outsole whilst a plush printed celtic knot and flame pattern is applied to the collar lining – a light nod to our Scottish roots and the ancient Celtic association with the solstice.

Additional attention to detail on the hanon ‘Solstice can be seen by way of a dual branded tongue patch, printed footbed and embossed fire detail on each heel. Each pair will come complete with three lace sets and custom-made box.

Finally as a homage to our first GEL-LYTE III ‘Wildcats’ we included a similar colour blocking to the upper as well as the same execution on the reflective Tiger Stripes and tongue detail.

hanon x Asics Tiger GEL-LYTE III ‘Solstice’ will be released on Saturday November 28th 2015.

Available sizes: UK 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12

RRP: 130GBP

Available instore only.

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let's take a look at some of the shots.

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WOMFT - Asics Gel Lyte III x hanon shop 'Wildcats'

Back in 2011, hanon shop released the Asics Gel Lyte III 'Wildcats', a shoe which pays homage to a local grass roots running club called 'The Wildcats', and is one of my personal favourite shoes in my collection, despite the loud colour way clashing with all the grey, black and navy I wear (boring, tell me about it). The shoe features a mustard yellow and burgundy upper, of lush suede and nubuck, with 3M tiger stripes for good measure. I don't wear these much, and to be honest I sold most of my GLIII's and other Asics when everyone was going mad for them, so this is only one of two GLIII's that I have left, but these will never leave me. I still wish I had kept some of the other pairs of the Wildcats that I had, so I could wear these a bit more, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh?

Anyway, I remember the release for these, well, not the whole queuing outside on  Friday/Saturday release as I never went, but hanon had an event on the Thursday night prior to the release which involved good people, Japanese beer, and the chance to grab yourself a pair of the shoes before everyone else! I remember heading there with my friend Kev, it was quite quiet,  mostly older guys, friends of the store and that, but still good vibes. I imagine it would be massively different if hanon put on an event like that now, who knows, maybe they'll do something in November when their take on the GLIII for its 25th Anniversary releases.

If there is, be sure to check back here for a full write up, there'll definitely be a write up of the instore release anyway!

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hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics "Glover Pack" - In-store Release

DSC_0716 The last Saturday of September saw the instore launch of the hanon shop x Onitsuka Tiger x Asics "Glover Pack", a joint collaboration which pays homage to Japanese and Scottish pivotal figure, Thomas Glover.

Both the Colorado 85, and Gel Epirus weren't very well received, despite hanon's continual excellent work on each and every collaboration they do, but the problem was more so with the models, rather than the colourways. It seems like every person wants to see the same silhouettes (GLIII, GLV) being used for EVERY collaboration, which I'm sure you can agree, it would get very boring if this was the case, so I welcome the working on other models.

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Surprisingly, the turn out wasn't as large as the recent Reebok release, but as always, the locals were still out in force to support their local independent store, and many punters left with both the Onitsuka Tiger and the Asics.

The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 is decked out in a black and golden yellow colourway in lux perforated suede, nubuck and synthetic overlays. The speckled lace-stay and screened in-sock, along with the embossed moustache on the back representing Thomas Glover's iconic moustache are all great touches.

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The Asics Gel Epirus isn't the strongest model from Asics' arsenal but it looks great with the plush mix of mint green suede, with purple nubuck overlays, closed mesh vamp, red quilted collar lining and a superb screened tartan in-sock. Like the Colorado 85, the Epirus also has some embossing on the heel, but this comes in the form of a thistle, the inspiration of this colourway.

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It certainly felt like the general consensus was that both shoes were much more appealing once you got a feel of them in the flesh, and tried them on to see how they look. The standout for the Gel Epirus being the lush tropical green and purple colourway, with the gum sole, and the Colorado 85's matching speckle laces to compliment the speckles on the upper.

Below are a few quick on-foot shots of both the Colorado 85, and the Gel Epirus; thanks to Adeel for being my brief instore on-foot model while he tried both pairs on.

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Check out some shots below from some of those who were queuing on Saturday morning.

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