London-based brand ROKH has used its signature handcrafting technique to rework iconic ASICS sneakers.

ROKH is known for custom creations on each individual style and item, with a focus on artisanal craft, giving a unique touch and reconstruction on every element of creation. For this project, designer Rok Hwang worked on ASICS styles GEL VENTURE 7 and GEL KAYANO 5 360. Hwang was deeply inspired by ASICS’ technology and intelligent approach of construction, not compromising in material and using the most innovative ways to construct quality products.

I found a similarity in technology and crafting. Both have purpose and meaning. Both require innovation and forward-thinking. Both take time and energy. This factor made me fascinated to work on this project with ASICS. Combining the idea of craftsmanship into delicately produced high-tech running shoes

Each sneaker was handcrafted using multiple mountain rope knotting techniques. The laces were custom-crafted by mixing reflection tape and fluorescent yarn: weaving one pair of yarn into a lace takes 48 Hours and crafting one pair of sneakers takes 12 Hours. The level of intense study and experimental craftsmanship is boldly mixed into this product.

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