Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • The style of the Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary sneaker got the most number of praises from many reviewers. They called the shoe “dope” and a “total neck-breaker.”
  • Plenty of purchasers commended the color scheme of the Asics low-top sneaker. They also liked the multi-hued outsole with ‘Far East’ written on the transparent heel part of the sole.
  • The top-notch quality of the footwear earned rave reviews from several users. They loved the great combination of pigskin suede, nubuck, and premium leather on the shoe’s upper.
  • The design of the Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary shoe was well-thought out, according to a number of people. They especially mentioned the beautiful piping on the toebox and the nice stitching that adds a “pop” to the sneaker.
  • A handful of testers reported that the lifestyle Asics sneaker has a warm interior that would be good for winter.
  • Two persons mentioned that the Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary footwear runs true to size.
  • A couple of individuals remarked that the casual low-top sneaker is comfortable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Many people were disappointed at how hard it was to find a pair of the Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary shoe due to limited production.

Bottom line

Asics and Mita pulled out all the stops to create one impressive model. The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary combines nubuck, suede, and leather to produce an arresting upper that feels just as premium as it looks. Hard piping on the toebox, pull tab at the heel, and beautiful stitching throughout add further to the shoe’s appeal.

Winter won’t be a problem with the shoe’s warm interior although it can be worn for all seasons. The only thing that disappoints is the difficulty in snagging a pair.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collaboration: Mita
Collection: Asics Gel Lyte
Price: $160
Size
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The Gel Lyte III was a running trainer released by the Asics brand in the 90s. As part of the Gel Lyte series, the model also featured the brand’s famous GEL cushioning system which reduces impact with each runner’s stride. The silhouette had a casual, streetwear look that easily bridged the gap between fashion and sports, and due to its comfort level—it was cited by many to be the most comfortable among all Gel Lyte models—became extremely popular to the point of iconic.

In 2015, to commemorate the Gel Lyte III’s 25th anniversary, Asics arranged with various retailers and designers to collaborate on the silhouette. The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary was the first of 12 such collabs to be released. The low-top sneaker was produced in limited pairs of 1,990 and launched in selected stores on January 24.

Tokyo-based brand Mita Sneakers dressed the Gel Lyte III in tonal blue hues and red accents. They removed the perf details and instead used smooth pigskin suede on the toebox. A heel pull tab was also added as well as a netting design on the side of the shoe while nubuck covered the back.

Classic and sporty go hand in hand in the Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary. The bright blue and red shades of the upper speak bold and athletic while the silhouette remains classic and very much wearable with most casual clothing. Pair this sneaker with jeans, shorts, or joggers and your favorite tee or hoodie. The shoe’s warmth makes it the perfect go-to footwear all-year round.

The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary is available in men’s sizes ranging from 4 to 14 with half sizes offered too. The shoe runs true to size and can be adjusted to the user’s foot via rope laces. The shoe provides adequate lateral support from the suede material of the upper and the leather overlays.

The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary brings the classic and the trendy smoothly together. While the iconic silhouette certainly seems familiar, the two-toned blue update with red accents on the upper gives it a fresh new look. Hard piping on the toe box and white stitching details give the shoe a pop. The legendary Asics GEL cushioning system keeps the shoe just as comfortable as it is stylish.

  • The Asics Gel Lyte III Mita 25th Anniversary comes with two pairs of rope laces—one in white and another in blue.
  • The model is named ‘Torico’ and features the words, “Tokyo Ueno” at the tongue. The insole contains the chain-link fence signature of Mita Sneakers.

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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.

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