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SNEAKERS

Mount Fuji-inspired sneakers from Asics arrive at The EDGAR Store

Words by Rob Chilton

Suede shoes pay tribute to Japan’s most famous landmark

More than 200,000 intrepid explorers trudge up Mount Fuji every year, usually starting their ascent at night in order to reach the summit at dawn and watch the sunrise, known as Goraiko.

The heel stamp references the stamps of climbers’ walking poles

Many use walking poles to assist them on the 3,776 metre climb of the mountain situated 100km from Tokyo, and practice the tradition of branding their sticks with stamps to commemorate their achievement. These stamps are the standout design touch of the new Asics GT-II sneaker from the hot Japanese brand, now available at The EDGAR Store.

Walking poles bearing the stamp of Mount Fuji

The heel of the two suede models – one in pink, one in azure – have been embossed with a stamp while on the insole is a depiction of both Mount Fuji and the rising sun.

Mount Fuji is depicted on the insole

The much-anticipated retro shoe marks the 35th anniversary of the GT-II style, which is a cornerstone of the Asics product family. Supremely comfortable and lightweight, the stylish and unexpected hues of the Gel-supported sneaker represent the magical colours seen by climbers at Japan’s sacred site of Mount Fuji.

While the GT-II may not be sturdy enough for a mountain ascent, they will however take your sneaker game right to the top.

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