Awake NY founder Angelo Baque adds his signature influences to the look of the GEL-KAYANO™ 14 sneaker under his own namesake. The “Rebirth of Cool” rendition of this heritage runner is rooted in the creative’s upbringing in Queens. As a first-generation American born to Ecuadorian parents, Baque’s design evokes a feeling of pride for his parents’ homeland. These particular influences can be seen throughout the upper’s blue, yellow, and red tones, mirroring Ecuador’s flag colors accordingly. When Baque was a teenager, he regularly ventured to stores that sold technical running gear and footwear. He wanted to carry this same energy into his debut solo project with ASICS and reimagine the shoe’s running functionality to navigate everyday scenarios.
Inspired by the silhouette’s original tooling, this shoe continues to feature a TRUSSTIC™ support system and GEL™ technology in the midsole. This helps create softer cushioning and better stability in each step.