Originally designed by Toshikazu Kayano in his first project with ASICS, the EX89 embodies the DNA of the 1989 GEL-EXTREME basketball shoe in a low-top silhouette. Kayano also took inspiration from his first business trip to the United States in 1987 to create the shoe’s outsole, whose configuration mirrors the aerial layout of the city. The sneaker was constructed with GEL™ technology during its playing days for impact absorption, but the modern version is updated with a sculpted heel and FF BLAST™ cushioning system for a lighter and more comfortable daily wear.