Who needs Google Maps? Travelers soon to Tokyo may to carry a metro map of the city, thanks to the Asics sneaker brand and shop atmosphere‘ last collaboration.

The duo co-designed a limited-edition Sport Style GEL-LYTE III OG they call “TYO SUBWAY.” An official map by Tokyo-based Ogikubo, Tokyo Cart Graphic covers the sneaker’s premium leather upper, while TYO (the city, for short) and Tokyo Tower are embroidered on the inner toe and the tongue.

The Tokyo Metro is the busiest rail system in the world.

This isn’t the first time the GEL-LYTE III OG has boasted map art. In 2018, there was the GEL-LYTE III world map, which squeezed the entire planet into a sneaker. Because the Earth is 71% water, however, this sneaker looked blue – but the classic classroom globe was blue instead, which was bold, but also antique. the METRO NYC version passed for white, and it featured an embroidered apple and NYC text on the tongue. The TYO SUBWAY Edition is a sneaker that also looks mostly white from a distance.

Lost in Tokyo? Look down (and very, very close).


Up close, however, it’s covered in colored lines. They run on the upper of the sneaker and are true to life Tokyo subway. Intersections actually exist, and stops and stations are labeled. Additionally, the outsole and toe logo, perhaps unintentionally, nods to Tokyo’s first subway line, the Orange (or 3) line, which opened in 1927. Whether you wear them or not – you should, of course – they are, at the very least, an interesting collectible.

“We wanted to create a project based on common traits shared between the cities where Atmos is based – Tokyo and New York. Thus, the decision for the ‘subway’ theme also incorporates the respective route maps”, Nampo Mitsushiro, buyer and designer for atmos japan, said. “‘TYO SUBWAY’ uses a road map representing the entire Tokyo metropolitan area on the upper, with the Yamanote line in the center. Additionally, the midsole and laces have been designed in a vintage ivory tone, taking inspiration from vintage /recycled. trend that has been making the rounds of the sneaker scene in recent years.”

Order your own portable card via atmosphereeither in person at Atmos stores in New York, DC or Philadelphia or in lineApril 23.


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