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Ninja-themed sneakers

By Koh Ruide, SoraNews24

We’ve seen Nike churn out exciting sneaker designs with cherry blossom motifs or yen currency prints, but another footwear giant is poised to take down the king with one of their own.

The latest limited-edition sneakers from ASICS takes inspiration from the ninja of old, combining the ancient black outfits of Japan’s covert warriors with the modern comfort of street shoes.

If you were looking for some stealth and style in your step, a pair of these would be the perfect way to showcase your inner ninja.

The “KL-Shinobi” Gel Lyte III costs 17,280 yen.

Collaborating with Tokyo-based shoe store Kicks Lab, the development team at ASICS have outdone themselves this time by fusing various ninja-inspired elements into the Gel-cushioned footwear.

▼ Ninja arts incorporated into the outsole provide wind-like swiftness.


▼ Mesh textures and alternating black and white colors adds to the stylishness.


▼ Forgot how those ninja mystical incantations go? Kanji idioms imprinted onto the insoles will help you remember.


Pre-orders are being accepted on the Kicks Lab online store here.

The sleek KL-Shinobi will be released on 31 March, and while this limited-edition footwear is only available in Japan, it may see a worldwide release some time in the future. Along with Godzilla-themed shoes, the KL-Shinobi has got to be one of the coolest pair of kicks out there.

Source: Kicks Lab via Japaaan

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© SoraNews24

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Ugh. "...take down the king"? Asics have a very long way to go before they come close to the colorways on the vanguard shoes of Nike (look at some of the Kyrie 4 designs!). Even then - private customizers are doing WAY more exciting stuff than Nike.

But these shoes? Ew.

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Ninja shoes? These look absolutely nothing like traditional ninja shoes (do a Google image search).

Just slapping kanji on a pair of shoes doesn't automatically make it a ninja shoe.

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17k ? Pretty expensive for a basic pair of sneakers.

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'...wind-like swiftness'?


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zichiMar. 21  08:23 pm JST

I could find at least 3 great pairs of sneakers for that price.

Ha! You must have feet size 28-or-less!!!

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