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Asics Is Re-Releasing The Gel-Spotlyte Signature Sneaker That Isiah Thomas Wore Back In 1992

Submitted by on April 3, 2014 – 10:43 am3 Comments

At some point, the retro sneaker bubble is going to burst. It has to, right? Because it feels like any athlete who has ever had a signature sneaker is having their sneaker re-released. But for now, sneaker companies are going to keep the retro sneakers coming. And the latest brand to throw their hat, er, sneaker into the ring is Asics—yes, Asics—a company that’s not really known for producing basketball sneakers. They did release one way back in 1992 for Isiah Thomas, though, and that sneaker is going to make a comeback later this month.

After wearing Converse and Puma sneakers at the start of his career, the former Detroit Pistons point guard converted over to Asics in 1992 when they offered him his own shoe. It was called the Asics Gel-Spotlyte and it was done up in “White/Marble” and “Black/Purple” colorways. The uppers on both colorways featured leather and a fairly basic design. And while there’s not really anything on the sneaker to get too excited about, the nostalgia factor is high when it comes to these sneakers. Just by looking at them, you can tell that they were first produced back in the early ’90s. And that alone should get some sneakerheads excited about this shoe’s release.

There are already a few Asics retailers out there who have these in stock. But they will be hitting other Asics retailers in the coming weeks. There’s been no word yet as to when or where they’ll hit. But you should definitely keep an eye out for these if you loved Thomas as a player or if you just want a pair of retro sneakers that aren’t Nike, Reebok, or adidas. These will definitely turn some heads for the simple fact that they’re Asics.

What do you think about Asics re-releasing Isiah Thomas’ signature sneaker? Do you think that it’s a smart move by Asics, or do you think that it’s a sign that retro sneakers have officially jumped the shark? Let us know after you’re done checking out some additional images of the Asics Gel-Spotlyte below.

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