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 a comfortable fit to narrow-footed users and to those with medium foot measurements. The Asics Gel Lyte III is a unisex shoe that comes in men’s sizing. The women are always advised to go down 1.5 from their usual size.
This low-top sneaker has a combination of durable leather and mesh uppers that offer foot comfort and breathability. With a cushioned split tongue, it has a lace-up closure system that gives a flexible and an adjustable fit. It utilizes a cushioned footbed, as well as textile lining, that deliver all-day comfort. It also uses a rubber outsole with flex grooves that gives not only reliable traction but also added comfort.
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 invisible 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 significantly absorbs shock and makes the shoe even more durable.
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 molded EVA midsole that really stood out.
Unknown to many, Mitsui had to face fierce 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 would be compromised by this new shoe.
Luckily, they eventually came to their senses, and the shoe was approved for construction and release. In 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 radically 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 the mid-2000s and quickly caught fire in the world of sneakers. Today, because of the new colorways and material combinations, it is considered one of the most popular retro running sneakers offered by Asics. People can find the Asics Gel Lyte III in black, white, grey, yellow and red, among other colorways.
Also, the silhouette of Asics Gel Lyte III has been used in different collaborative works to create a variety of innovative and revolutionary iterations for the followers, men and women alike. Some of the notable collaborations are:
- Kicks Lab x Asics Gel Lyte III “KL-Shinobi – released on March 31, 2018
- Beams x Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III “Orange Koi” – released on November 10, 2018
- Solebox x Atmos x Asics Gel Lyte III – released on October 13, 2018
- 24 Kilates x Asics Gel Lyte III – released on September 29, 2018
- La MJC x Asics Gel Lyte III – released on September 8, 2018
- x Asics Gel Lyte III – released on March 8, 2018
- Solebox x The Sun x Asics Gel Lyte III – released on August 23, 2018
- Patta x Asics Gel Lyte III – released on June 9, 2018
- Asics Gel Lyte III x Ronnie Fieg “Super Green” – Originally released in 2013 and the 3.1 version was released in 2016