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9 reasons to buy

  • The shoe is available in different colorways.
  • The Asics Gel Lyte EVO NT is comfortable, according to most buyers.
  • A wearer said he had psoriatic arthritis which made it excruciating to walk, but the shoes eased the pain.
  • Several reviewers said that the shoe had good arch support.
  • Some mentioned that it was practical for walking and running, including one user described it as like walking on pillows.
  • The Gel Lyte EVO NT is lightweight, said a few commenters.
  • Most testers were pleased with the sneaker’s design and look. 
  • A couple of users said the shoes were now their favorite.
  • Some wearers received compliments because of the Gel Lyte EVO NT.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A tester complained that the kicks felt a bit hard and painful at first.
  • One user observed that the Asics Gel Lyte EVO NT developed a slight yellowing after washing it a few times.
  • More than a handful of reviewers grumbled that the shoe was too narrow. The fit was tight, especially at the tongue.
  • A lot of users revealed that the shoe started ripping and falling apart after a few weeks. 
  • Water easily enters the Gel Lyte EVO NT when it’s wet or raining outside, complained a tester.

Bottom line

Asics took inspiration from the iconic Gel Lyte III to create the Gel Lyte EVO NT. The updated model features the same silhouette minus the previous shoe’s revolutionary split tongue design. Its emphasis on comfort, support, and a futuristic look pays tribute to the legendary Gel Lyte series.

However, the shoe runs narrow and is not as durable as the models that came before. At an average price, the kicks still pack a punch with their lightweight structure, versatile style, and sleek colorways that are fit for a modern lifestyle.


Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Asics Gel Lyte
Price: $120
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Multi, Red, White
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Asics offers the Gel Lyte EVO NT in men’s sizes, ranging from US 4-13. It comes in regular or medium width and mostly fits true to size. However, many testers found the shoes too narrow and recommended that other people who wanted to buy the model should go half a size up.

The upper is made up of combined lightweight materials such as synthetic suede, mesh, and nylon which provide good support and breathability. Its low-top collar frees the ankle for more movement.

Described as the “coolest lifestyle shoe on the streets,” the low-top Gel Lyte EVO NT is definitely a head-turner. Its sleek colorways along with an athletic-inspired upper go well with pants and shorts. The shoe could also be appropriate in a casual-attire work setting.

Due to its supreme comfort, the kicks are also suitable for traveling, so travel clothes such as light jackets will go well with them. As a runner-inspired sneaker, fitness apparel and activewear are also good for pairing up with it.

Boasting a smooth upper, the Gel Lyte EVO NT from Asics has an ultramodern design. Gel Lyte name branding is on the side while the Asics name is on the tongue, midsole, and upper heel. Also on the upper is the Asics Tiger logo design, which adorns all Gel Lyte shoes. The speckled color on the midsole adds more flair to the shoe.

Asics began its long history in the footwear industry with the founding of Onitsuka Co., Ltd. by Kihachiro Onitsuka in 1949. The name was changed to ASICS in 1977, based on the acronym of the Latin saying that translates to “A sound mind in a sound body.” Today, the company is known for producing athletic performance shoes that seek harmony between the body and soul.

One of the brand’s famous shoe lines is the Gel-Lyte series. It was first introduced in 1987 with the arrival of the first Gel Lyte, which became an instant hit as it was one of the most lightweight shoes at the time. The Gel Lyte III that came later was a game changer, with a unique tongue design that prevented it from slipping to the side.

Asics continues to pay tribute to the ground-breaking series by creating new models that were inspired by the line’s famous shoes. The Gel Lyte EVO NT is a result of this endeavor. From the name itself, Evolution New Tongue, this Gel Lyte shoe was built to be innovative while maintaining the efficient and progressive elements that made the sneaker series highly sought-after and world-renowned.

  • Asics gel cushioning offers impact protection with each step.
  • The visible Gel gives an added sleek look to the sneaker.
  • Its Dual Density midsole and four-piece tooling improve the support, breathability, and function to enable more action.


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.