When one thinks about ASICS, there’s usually an immediate connection to sports—the Onitsuka Tiger series is emblematic of the brand, especially the Mexico 66—or the athleisure aesthetics, thanks to a longstanding collaboration with Andrea Pompilio. Yet, just as founder Kihachiro Onitsuka was creating running shoes supplemented with revolutionary technology in 1983, he wanted the same to be applied to shoes you’d wear off of the running track.
The ASICS Walking Shoes series has been a Japan-only secret since then; until now. Taking the shape of more traditional leather shoes, the premise is that these shoes provide the same comfort that ASICS running shoes have been known for. While wearing suits with sneakers have become de rigueur in today’s style, the existence of traditional office dress codes dictate the use of smart leather footwear. And if wearing a pair of leather Oxfords could be as comfortable and well-cushioned as slipping into your go-to pair of running shoes, we’re all for that.
The way that the ASICS Walking Shoes series is designed, you wouldn’t be able to differentiate a pair from regular, technology-less ones. There are no unnecessary sports-inspired details or unusual leather perforations; each ASICS Walking Shoes pair is a clean-cut pair that’s handsomely made in leather. There are two main collections in the series—the ‘PEDALA’ and the ‘RUNWALK’. The former focuses on comfort and is designed to make walking easier and less strenuous, while the ‘RUNWALK’ is the more business-ready of the two, with plans for the collection to include more casual yet stylish designs in the future.
The ASICS Walking Shoes series is exclusively available at the men’s department of Takashimaya Department Store. The ‘PEDALA’ range retails for SGD230 – SGD300, while the ‘RUNWALK’ range retails for SGD250 – SGD460.