Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous purchasers agree that the Asics Gel Lyte is not only stylish-looking but comfortable as well.
  • Many shoe collectors express their satisfaction with the excellent quality of materials used on this low-top.
  • Apart from the impressive design, the shoe offers much-needed comfort, shares a couple of buyers.
  • The reviewers mention how the colorways allow them to style it in various ways.
  • 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.
  • Several users describe how lightweight this trainer feels, much like the Asics Gel Lyte range.
  • Many wearers state how they get compliments when donning on a pair of the Gel Lyte.

3 reasons not to buy

  • According to some, the leather version of the Gel Lyte sneaker from Asics takes time to break-in.
  • A handful of users share that the forefoot feels a little narrow.
  • Some consumers point out the limited sizing availability.

Bottom line

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 provides ample cushioning to support either the mundane or the activity-filled day of a wearer.  

Facts

Expert Reviews

  • First look | Anthony Levine

  • First look | THESNEAKERADDICT |

  • First look | Highly Akicktive

  • First look | Rock it Don't stock it

  • First look | Five Minute Sneaker TV

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com