Angelo Baque‘s label AWAKE NY and ASICS began their friendship back in the summer of 2019, and now the duo is back with its latest collaborative sneaker dubbed the GEL-PRELEUS.

Following on from its GEL-KAYANO 5 360 — which HYPEBEAST crowned as one of the best sneakers of 2019 — AWAKE NY takes an even bolder approach this time around with its new GEL-PRELEUS. Whereas the previous collaboration combined colors such as grey with green and black with gold with a mix of luxurious suede and mesh, the new sneaker takes on a more technical aesthetic thanks to its mix of synthetic textiles and choice of colors.

The upper’s base is made from grey mesh that’s covered with an all-over grayscale cheetah print, while silver leather has been used to overlay the base with ASICS’s signature branding motif. Joining this is a splash of blue and neon green which takes form on a textured panel on the medial and lateral, with this continuing to the front of the shoe. The toe comes to a point and is highlighted by two silver leather panels that work their way over the toe box and up the vamp, forming the eyestay placket, while a similar silver leather piece is found at the rear alongside GEL-PRELEUS and ASICS embroidery.

As with many of ASICS’ sneakers, the midsole is also a detailed talking point of the shoe. It’s cut in a wavy, OG-like shape that’s sectioned by its combination of off white and metallic silver details that lead the eye to the rear. There, you’ll find a lime green GEL unit that provides all of the shoe’s comfort and cushioning alongside an Advanced High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) outsole.

Embroidered ASICS branding on the lateral-side collar and AWAKE NY’s stamp on the lateral toe in black rounds out the collaborative pair.

The AWAKE NY x ASICS GEL-PRELEUS is due to release at retailers such as AFEW Store on December 12 for €149.95 EUR (approx. $180 USD). Take a closer look at the collaborative sneaker above.

For equally bold sneakers, check out the latest issue of Sole Mates in which League OTO discusses its art sneakers.
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