Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers claimed the retro style of the 1990s runner was retained but with modern touches that make it fashionable.
  • Several customers like that the Asics Gel Lique runs true to size and fits perfectly.
  • A good number of users shared how comfortable the sneakers are on foot with its EVA midsole and supported by the padded collar and tongue.
  • The shoes are well ventilated as shared by a few wearers with its breathable fabric and textile lining and mesh materials as disclosed by some customers.
  • Rubber sole doesn’t wear out easily and is flexible with its well-placed flex grooves.
  • Quite a lot of users liked the neutral colorways that do not overpower their clothes and instead blends well with any clothing.
  • Outsole doesn’t wear out easily while the suede material doesn’t get torn down after a few months use.
  • Some buyers noted that the Asics Gel Lique stays clean for a longer time as dust and mud don't easily stick to the upper’s material.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several wearers claimed that the shoe is a bit narrow but remains good regarding length.
  • Some customers pointed out that the Asics Gel Lique sneaker gets too hot in the toe box after extended wear.
  • A few users claimed the shoe is not too stylish and modern for their tastes even if 1990s designs have been coming back as retro fashion.

Bottom line

Straight from the archives of Asics is this mid-1990s sneaker that has a promising throwback style. Priced at a budget-friendly $90 per pair, grabbing this retro kicks is an option for serious collectors of nineties sneakers.

The shoe has a noticeable simple color blocking with alternating mesh and suede upper fabric combination. It also takes pride in its reliable comfort from its reliable Gel cushioning system and EVA midsole that wraps around all through the heel.

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Lique runs true to size with a lace-up closure. It is available in men’s unisex sizes in medium width.  Sizes range from US size 4 to 13 for men. Women’s sizes can be obtained by reducing men’s size by 1.5.

Rocking that 1990s style, the Asics Gel Lique comes packed with retro styling with a suede and mesh upper and rubber outsole reminiscent of a great sneaker era. With neutral tones from the Indian Ink and Black colorways, the shoe has embroidered branding details in the right places accented by the asymmetrical silhouette and stripes of Asics. The retro sneakers mix comfort and style as it goes well with shorts, pants, and even denim skirts with its asymmetrically shaped upper.

The Gel sole cushioning system remains to be the highlight of this retro sneaker.  The sneaker features a sleek lateral with an asymmetrical upper of suede and nylon soft yet durable midsole with hidden gel pods for that ultimate comfort. With the durability of suede and mesh, the shoe also boasts of a thick and slightly inclined rubber outsole for grip and traction.

Looking back in history, company founder Kihachiro Onitsuka established Onitsuka Co. Ltd. in his hometown in Kobe, Japan in September 1949 with only a capital of ¥300,000. The company started with just four employees and with the guiding principle of “anima sana in corpore sano.” This Japanese guiding principle which translates to "If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a healthy body"  will, later on, become the acronym for Asics and a vision of creating good sporting shoes by fostering people through sports.

Although the brand name Asics is hardly recognizable outside of Japan and some major American and European cities, it has a huge cult following among serious runners and athletes.

The brand first developed running and basketball shoes in the 1950s and later on diversified their shoe styles by also producing shoes for volleyball, tennis, marathon running, dancing, skiing, climbing, golf, gymnastics, wrestling, specialty training, and other sports.

However, every shoe connoisseur would agree that the biggest contribution of Asics to the footwear industry is the production of the Gel running shoes that continues to be a sneaker fan favorite. The Gel cushioning system that Asics developed placed the company on the pedestal as a serious player in shoe manufacturing.

The Gel Cushioning system, a soft material injected in the form of pods at the shoe forefoot and heel, absorbs landing strikes, reduces fatigue, and reduce impact injuries. Early developers of the gel cushioning claim they are better than an air cushioning system. The gel is made up of a silicone based substance that is injected into the EVA midsole for shock absorption and dispersing vibration.

Among the shoe designs that came out in the mid-1990s and recently resurrected from the extensive archives of the Asics brand is the Asics Gel Lique. With an asymmetrical design silhouette, the Gel Lique was originally manufactured for runners with oblique feet. The Lique name came from the Latin word used to describe something liquid. The shoe first came out in Indian Ink and Black colorways while other colorways soon followed in the late 1990s. The design was later on brought back in 2016 as one of the brand’s retro lifestyle sneaker offerings.

  • Suede overlays over mesh material including suede lacestays in the upper give it retro looks.
  • Some Gel Lique models released in 2017 includes 3M Reflective form stripes on the side panels while a speckled midsole gives it unique contrasting looks.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.