The Asics Gel Lyte III Camo is a unisex shoe with a low-top construction and lace closure. The suede and mesh uppers conform to the foot’s shape while keeping it supported and protected. Foot mobility is not restricted, thanks to its low-top profile and adjustable laces. The collars are sufficiently padded for additional comfort around the ankle.
Retaining its predecessor's retro silhouette, the Asics Gel Lyte III Camo exudes an army inspired aesthetic that would perfectly reside in the urban battlegrounds. The shoe displays a rugged yet sleek design that comes in three colorways that would toughen up a rather dull ensemble. Pair the retro sporty silhouette with cuffed jeans, joggers, or shorts for an effortlessly cool look. Or dress it up in chinos and a crisp button-down shirt for a polished yet hunky outfit for the men and leggings or shirtdresses for an athleisure look for the ladies.
The shoe's split tongue and triple density sole construct stay faithful to the esteemed design of the original. Camo details remain subtle as the militaristic print is only found on the lateral side of the split tongue and collar and in the midfoot quarter panel of the medial side. Color blocking scheme adds visual appeal to the kick, while speckled midsole finishes things off nicely.
Initially released in 1990, the Asics Gel Lyte III was designed by Shingeyuki Mitsui, an in-house Asics designer based in Kobe, Japan. The shoe was considered to be a groundbreaking release when it hit the shelves. Its lighter and more stylish construction proved to be a hit amongst runners during that time. The Gel Lyte III's most distinctive feature is its iconic split tongue that served as a solution to the common dilemma of tongue slippage.
Underneath the shoe's unique aesthetics is the brand's Gel technology coupled with a triple density EVA midsole, which are the main features that allured most runners to the Gel Lyte III for its efficient performance during the repetitive activity of running. But, as the brand's philosophy of continually moving forward, the shoe took a backseat after two years since its release.
Fast-forward to the mid-2000s, Asics decided to bring back the Gel Lyte III, and it immediately became popular especially among the sneakerheads. Today, countless colorways and upper materials of the kick has been released and is now regarded as one of the most prominent retro running sneakers to date. One of the many reinterpretations of this kick is the Asics Gel Lyte III Camo. It boasts of three colorways with a slightly different camo print for each colorway.
- The kick is available in Medium width.
- The gray colorway features a gray camo print, the black colorway has a tactical tiger print, and the tan colorway dons a desert camo print.
- Both the shoe's tongue and collar are padded for extra comfort and cushioning.
- The insoles are removable.