Size and fit

Although some styles are exclusively available in men’s and women’s sizing only, the color schemes appeal to both sexes depending on one’s style preference. Most reviews recommend getting half or a full size up, especially for wide-footed purchasers.

Asics Gel Lyte Style

Upon the reissue of this much-improved Gel Lyte, Asics not only re-released the OG white/black/neon orange colorway but also in a myriad of upper materials and colorways.

If one opts to cop the multi-colored silhouettes, most sneakerheads recommend going the minimal route when it comes to their outfit choices. This is to let the colors stand out against, say plain black denim and a plain gray shirt.

Notable Features

Although not visible, are the gels embedded in the EVA midsole for that allows for shock absorption. These gels are strategically situated on the forefoot and heel area, the two areas of the feet that receive maximum impact.

Aside from the invisible gel, the Asics Gel Lyte also features a heel-shaped protector that ensures lateral movement support, while the windows in the toe box allow the wearer to move to step in the right direction.

Asics Gel Lyte History

In the eighties, shoe manufacturers were busy developing various technologies that can be incorporated into its shoe designs. Nike had its air technology; Reebok had its cell technology, Asics had GEL® technology.

As an alternative to the impact-minimizing air systems, which Nike already did with its Nike Air Max 1, Asics tapped Japanese company, Taica, for its silicone-based gel for its running shoes. The substance, named Alpha Gel, was successfully used in ballpoint pens and rocket technology. 

Asics injected the Alpha Gel into the EVA midsoles of its running shoes.

Releasing the first gel-infused Gel Lyte in 1987, it became an instant hit to the running community. The runners loved the trainers because it minimized impact-related injuries. To top it all off, the athletic shoe was lightweight at 9.9 ounces.

To celebrate 30 years of this innovative technology, Asics re-released the Gel-Lyte in 2017.

Nice to know

  • Gel branding on the heel lateral side.
  • Asics branding on tongue & heel
  • Available in all-suede, all-leather, and mixed material uppers.


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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.