The Monte Creace is inspired by the 1950’s Monte Pokhara mountaineering shoes. Built with an updated lacing style that can be customized by looping across the sides of the upper. This modern casual silhouette features a mono sock liner to deliver a winning combination of fashion and function.
ASICS is making a real effort to capture markets beyond the US. Many of the styles are not going to crossover and like many of their Lifestyle retro runners, if they introduced these pairs in multiple markets in the US they wouldn’t sell. This doesn’t mean the shoes aren’t dope. The solid construction and unique style make for an interesting pair and can definitely be a welcomed addition to the closet of a person who understands how to layout their wardrobe.
ASICS is doing an excellent job of generating content and leveling multiple platforms to distribute brands specific to a particular area. Their magazine platform based in Japan is strictly fashion and apparel. The drops there reach across all platforms so many of the shoes that I state aren’t available readily are all available on each website. There are 5 sites total and each is updated at least once a week.
This model falls in line with the other brands. It is a more rugged lifestyle offering, but still has the socklike fit to stay on trend. The lacing system is eye catching and personally I like the idea of being able to have open space over the instep. What I wish they had done was create a similar layout to one of my favorite silhouettes the Air Mowabb which had a neoprene sock bootie. This shoe would have looked really dope with that neoprene. section to create a mid cut shoe. I still like this model overall and if I had to give it ranking this would be a 6.5 out of 10. What do you think?