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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Some users liked the retro design and style of the Asics Gel-Lyte III.
  • The shoe felt very comfortable even when worn for long hours, according to several reviews.
  • User reviews highlighted that the shoe fits perfectly and comfortably.
  • The shoe needs minimal break-in time, said a few reviewers.
  • The monochromatic look allows several users to be versatile in their outfits.
  • A handful of users admired the lightweight construction of the Gel-Lyte III.
  • This is a reasonably-priced sneaker.
  • A large number of Asics Gel-Lyte III diehard fans continue to patronize the shoe and even make it a tradition to buy one for their loved ones on Christmas.
  • Most reviewers recommend the shoe to everyone.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several disappointed purchasers mentioned that the size of the shoe runs way too small.
  • The Gel-Lyte III is too narrow for some users.
  • It comes in men’s sizing that may not naturally fit the women.

Bottom line

Featuring a classic design with the iconic Asics stripes, the Asics Gel-Lyte III offers comfort and style. It has the brand’s iconic padded split tongue that complement the premium classic look of the shoe. The split tongue continues to provide a decent fit. Since it is designed as a running sneaker, it comes with a breathable upper, durable outsole, and reliable grip.


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Asics Gel Lyte III History

 

 The Asics Gel-Lyte III was designed by Shingeyuki Mitsui and was originally released in 1990. It was branded as an ultimate performance running shoe since it was lighter, more pleasing, and performance-driven than many other shoes at that time. It featured the iconic split tongue that replaced the traditional design found in most shoes. In the world of fashion, the split tongue was the main selling point, but for runners, it was the tri-density compression moulded EVA midsole that really stood out.

Unknown to many, Mitsui had to face tough opposition from within the ranks of Asics itself, even before the Gel-Lyte III saw the light of day. Like the birth of many innovative and out-of-the-box ideas, the proposed design and aesthetics offended more than a few of Mitsui’s bosses. They feared that the Asics’ idea of performance over style will be compromised by this new shoe.

Luckily, they eventually came to their senses and the shoe was approved for construction and released. On hindsight, they could not have figured out that the performance and style of the shoe would eventually make it one of the most sought-after in Asics’ history.

When the shoe was unveiled, it caused quite a stir in the running community as it basically changed the concept of how a running shoe should look. The Gel-Lyte III immediately pushed the boundaries of lifestyle and performance shoes with its eye-catching colors and unique design.

Coupled with the well-muscled upper construction and the meaty sole, runners were up for a surprise during the shoe’s release. True to Asics commitment of performance-driven shoes, the Gel-Lyte III ranked as one of the surprising underdogs as a top running shoe in the early part of the 90s mainly because it addressed the needs of runners for more cushioning and support.

Two years after its first release, the Gel-Lyte III was gone. It made a comeback in mid 2000s and quickly caught fire in the world of sneakers. Today, because of the new colorways and material combinations, it is considered as one of the most popular retro running sneakers offered by Asics.

Asics Gel Lyte III Style

 

A combination of performance and style is what this running sneaker offers. The classic design and the split tongue make this shoe appealing. When paired with jeans and shorts, this sneaker won’t disappoint. The retro appeal and classic style make this a sneaker for almost all occasions and is almost a year-round favorite among many fans.

Fit & Sizing

Despite the absence of the regular tongue, the Gel-Lyte III still delivers a decent fit. It runs true to size. It offers comfortable fit to narrow-footed users and to those with medium foot measurements. This is a unisex shoe that comes in men’s sizing. The women are always advised to go down 1.5 from their usual size in a unisex shoe that is available in men’s sizing.

Notable Features

Two things are most prominent in the Asics Gel Lyte-III. First and foremost is the classic and trademark split tongue. Rarely can one see a shoe that still uses this technology, particularly since its original DNA of a true-blue runner. However, Asics successfully used this technology because of the exceptional hold provided by both overlays and underlays.

The second feature that is almost imperceptible is the three-density cushioning. Although the Gel-Lyte III is now basically a retro shoe that fashion aficionados have a deep-affinity for, this remains to be a shoe that is tailored to take the runner from the starting line to the finishing point.

The cushioning offers enough shock-absorbing qualities and responsiveness that still makes the shoe a solid trainer. For sneaker fans, it only makes the shoe comfortable as the cushioning greatly absorbs shock and makes the shoe even more durable.

Additional Info

  • In 1992, the Asics Gel-Lyte III was gone and the Asics Gel-Lyte Ultra superseded its popularity.
  • To date, several shops have collaborated with Asics on the Gel-Lyte III.
  • The original construction of the shoe include the dual density EVA midsole, nylon and synthetic suede upper, breathable mesh, 3M reflective detailing, and the usual Asics stripes.
  • This version’s Lycra collar and sock liner enhance the comfortable feel right upon wearing the sneaker.
  • The nubuck upper of this current model of the Asics Gel-Lyte III adds a plush and luxurious look without taking the price higher than most people expected.