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Asics’ Pearl-Covered GT-2160 Sneakers Will Sell for up to $30,000

Asics is partnering with a Japanese jeweler for a run of its GT-2160 sneakers leaning into the coquette trend with various pearl dressings. The price: anywhere from $1,000 to $1,300.

The Tasaki x Asics GT-2160 starts by rendering the hit silhouette with a tonal color scheme featuring cream, white and grey as well as pearlescent detailing. Where each pair goes from there is unique, as strings of pearls are applied in different configurations and in increasing quantities.

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Two pairs of the collaborative sneaker feature strings of three or four pearls serving as lace dubraes on each sneaker, while another variant covers almost every single row of laces in pearls. The three-pearl version sees gold spikes affixed to each gem, and the four-pearl pair are accompanied by gold bars sitting atop the row, just as they do for the upper most row for the edition with its laces covered more heavily.

A single shoe in yet another pair sees several ropes stacked atop each other while framing the opening like a necklace, while the most expensive pair of the lot features a net-like arrangement shrouding each shoe’s lateral profile from the beginning the beginning of the laces and all the way around the heel.

The high prices come in part because of the use of Akoya, which are more rare, feature a higher quality, and are smoother, rounder and shinier than their freshwater counterparts. Then there’s also the fact that Tasaki, which has made the shoes as part of its 70th anniversary festivities, is widely known for its high-end pearl work.

The Tasaki x Asics GT-2160s will release April 26 through the jewelers “Floating Shell” exhibition in Tokyo.

Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls
Tasaki Asics GT-2160 Pearls

About the Author:

Ian Servantes is a Senior Trending News Editor for Footwear News specializing in sneaker coverage. He’s previously reported on streetwear and sneakers at Input and Highsnobiety after beginning his career on the pop culture beat. He subscribes to the idea that “ball is life” and doesn’t fuss over his kicks getting dirty.

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