words // Zack Schlemmer

BAIT officially unveils their third and final model of the BASICS Program Gel-Lyte III with ASICS. After the first two GL3 models of the BASICS program featured a strong military inspiration with the use of camo, the "Nippon Blues" Gel-Lyte III is inspired by the Japanese roots of ASICS and the Gel-Lyte III.


Switching directions from the first two military inspired designs, the BASICS Model-003 Nippon Blues is a step back to pay homage to Asics. Inspired by Japanese culture and tradition, the Nippon Blues utilizes an indigo kasuri textile imported from Japan to adorn the upper. Maintaining the functionality of the BASICS designs, a durable deep navy, nailhead suede reinforces the Gel-Lyte III to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use.  The Asics form stripe has been modified for a clean simplistic design, alongside red accents to complete the Nippon Blues motif. Hickory Denim lines the footbed as a nod to exemplify the western influence and relationship Asics has with BAIT.

Online registration for your chance to purchase the Nippon Blues Gel-Lyte III is now available via BAIT. Along with the raffle for Model-003, you'll also have another chance to purchase the previous Model-001 Vanquish and Model-002 Guardian, or all three shoes together. Visit the BAIT website for full details on the online raffles.