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Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

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Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

Out of 320-odd pairs of trainers, there are only a handful of Asics in my inventory. There’s no real reason for this, other than they were never really that available when I was growing up. Local shops didn’t have them and this was before the internet existed, so unless I was flicking through a running magazine, Asics didn’t really register that much.

But in the past decade, they’ve shown up a lot more. I bought the Proper GT-IIs a few years back, which I still really like, and I’ve got one pair from the Alife Rivington Club co-lab from a couple of years ago, but my Asics game is weak. I was undecided on the split-tongue business (sometimes it looks a little too much like a… well… you look and see for yourself), but as long as the lacing’s on-point, you don’t really see that bit much and it’s as comfortable as hell.

When these Gel Lyte IIIs came out in September 2010, I liked them straight away. The Slam Jam store in Italy dropped 96 pairs of these, along with a few bonus bits and pieces, and I missed ’em. Five minutes after the release time and they were gone.

Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

Lucky for me, I managed to pick up a couple of pairs via some trades and other business, so I was pretty pleased. The shoe is the usual comfortable Lyte model, but I really liked the colour scheme. For no reason at all, it reminds me of wanting trainers when I was a little kid.

The spare pair are on ice at the moment, but I have no doubt they’ll either go to a close friend – or I’ll be wearing them myself once this pair are hammered.

Asics Gel Lyte III x Slam Jam

Pictorial detritus

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adidas Questar

Malawi cichlids


Fenced off



Getting there with the reef tank...


My future penthouse block...

adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

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adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

I never paid that much attention to the ZX 7000 to be honest: in my mind, it sat a little awkwardly between the regular runners and other more rugged models, such as the EQT. Well, that was my loss.

adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000

Treis and Kunle from Alife’s Rivington Club came over with us to adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach, Germany to work their magic on their part of the aZX project. “They just made it red!”, you might shout, and you’d be right.

But, damn, how good does it look? Exactly.

adidas A.R.C. ZX 7000