Our verdict


Whether one decides to buy a pair of shoes for fashion or function, the ASICS Gel Lyte is among the go-to shoes for this purpose. Featuring the GEL technology, this shoe provides ample cushioning to support either the mundane or the activity-filled day of a wearer.


  • Soft upper
  • Protective
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Versatile
  • Retro look
  • Lightweight


  • Break-in period needed
  • Tight

Who should buy the ASICS Gel Lyte

The Gel Lyte from ASICS is an excellent choice for: 

  • enthusiasts who prefer a low-cut design
  • ASICS fans who want a protective and stable kick
  • those who are on their feet all-day

ASICS Gel Lyte logo

Who should NOT buy it

If you're looking for a plush experience, the ASICS Gel Lyte might be a tad firm for your liking. For a plusher feel, go for the ASICS Gel Kyrios or the ASICS Gel Kayano 5 OG instead.ASICS Gel Lyte collar

They have plush sneakers that are perfect for all-day wear. 

A foot-loving upper

Numerous testers agree that the ASICS Gel Lyte "welcomes" their feet with a soft feel. Even better, the upper is very pliable; it follows the natural shape and contours of the foot. 

ASICS Gel Lyte upper

Say goodbye to strain

Although not visible, there's a Gel cushion embedded in the EVA midsole. It is said to absorb all the shock during every foot strike; there are NO reports of strained feet or legs even after several miles. 

ASICS Gel Lyte cushion

The ASICS Gel Lyte is worth every penny

For $110, you get a shoe that's made of "excellent quality" materials. This is what wear testers have to say about the ASICS Gel Lyte. 

ASICS Gel Lyte outsole

It's not only comfortable; it's also ready to take a beating. 

Fit for anything

Reviewers mention that the colorways allow them to style the Gel Lyte in various ways. Whether you're dressing up or down, it can do the job.

ASICS Gel Lyte lacing system

If you're planning to cop the multi-colored silhouettes, fashionistas recommend going the minimal route when it comes to outfit choices. 

ASICS Gel Lyte lockdown

This is to let the colors stand out against, say plain black denim and a plain gray shirt. 

You can't go wrong with the classic

The majority of the sneaker collectors are impressed with the color blockings of this retro release, especially the Sea Glass/Safety Yellow and the Tai-Chi Yellow/Black hues.

ASICS Gel Lyte colorways

There are even those who say they get compliments from onlookers when donning a pair of ASICS Gel Lyte.

The Gel Lyte won't weigh you down

True to its ASICS Gel Lyte roots, users find this shoe "exceptionally light." 

You're gonna need to adjust to it

According to some, the leather version of the Gel Lyte sneaker from ASICS takes time to break-in.

ASICS Gel Lyte rearfoot

This is due to the rather stiff Gel tech and the heel-shaped protector that stabilizes the foot. 

Warning: Not for wide feet

The forefoot is narrow. Those with large feet say it's "constricting." 

ASICS Gel Lyte toe box

Nice to know about the ASICS Gel Lyte

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