Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has teamed up with ASICS to create a Bamboo makeover of the Metaride AMU Sneaker. The collaboration, named Kengo Kuma x ASICS Metaride will release just in time for the holidays.

Kengo Kuma Collaboration


As a master of space design and unconventional fabrication, Kuma has brought his signature to the forefront of his first-ever footwear collaboration.

Indeed, he built an eco-friendly design inspired by a traditional Japanese bamboo crafting technique known as ‘yatara knitting’.

Kengo Kuma x ASICS Metaride

Kuma’s Metaride AMU is both a running shoe and an architectural masterpiece. Plus, the architect’s first-ever footwear collaboration is built on Asics’ most technologically advanced shoe model.

In fact, Kuma combines a performance monosock with overlays strategically placed to hold the foot steady. A toggle lacing system secures everything in place. Also, the strips cleverly form an Asics graphic on the mid-foot.


Most innovations come with the lower part of the sneaker. The sole is made of two interesting parts. The first one is a tan midsole made of an ecologically conscious wood-derived textile. The second one is a clean white outsole meant to balance the complex upper.


Finally, a shock-absorbing gel-material is placed on the heel. It enhances cushioning for more comfortable running. Take a closer look at the Kengo Kuma x Asics Metaride AMU sneaker in the gallery just below.

Kengo Kuma


“I made running shoes as the smallest of our architecture. It became a moving architecture that follows a complex movement that combines bending and twisting”

Kengo Kuma x ASICS Metaride

The Kuma x ASICS Metaride sneaker will release exclusively in Japan via ASICS’ website and at select retail locations in Harajuku and Osaka. The release date is already set for December 20 and the pair will be sold at approximately $330 US.