Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel Lyte Runner is a comfortable sneaker with a nice supple sole, many testers have reported.
  • A lot of reviewers say that this low-top Asics sneaker from the brand’s Gel Lyte series looks both stylish and classy and can be easily dressed up or down.
  • According to several testers, the shoe feels airy and lightweight, making it perfect for fitness and sports.
  • The Asics Gel Lyte Runner fits like a glove because of the upper material that stretches nicely, a small number of people have remarked. 
  • The casual footwear has color schemes that are real eyecatchers, some pleased buyers have commented. 
  • The Gel Lyte Runner is made of obviously high-quality materials and is well-finished, commend a few delighted purchasers of the low-top sneaker. 
  • A handful of individuals have lauded the lifestyle footwear for being easy to clean with just a quick wipe of a cloth.
  • This sneaker from the Asics brand is sturdy and lasts a long time, two users have reported.
  • The price of the Asics Gel Lyte Runner is affordable and the low-top sneaker provides great value for such a reasonable amount, some say.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Asics Gel Lyte Runner runs a bit narrow, according to many reviewers. 
  • The casual sneaker is not comfortable out of the box, a few have noted.

Bottom line

This Asics Gel Lyte Runner is all comfort and style wrapped in one neat and lightweight package, making it ideal for light sports activities and casual use. 

The upper’s mesh material stretches to accommodate different foot sizes and gives a snug fit. Dirt is easy to wipe off and the sneaker is quite durable. The sneaker only needs a slight breaking-in period before superior comfort can be experienced. 

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Lyte Runner offers decent support because of its running roots. The tongues and collars are padded for a more comfortable feel, and the mesh material keeps things cool inside the shoe.

The lace-up closure system uses a combination of eyelets and lace loops for securing the feet. Tongue and heel pull tabs make it convenient for the user to put the sneaker on and off.

Sporty is the word when wearing the Asics Gel Lyte Runner. Take it with you to the gym and wear this sneaker with shorts, yoga pants, joggers, or leggings. Pair with a tank top or a tee.

The Asics Gel Lyte Runner is a summer-ready sneaker that gives lots of comfort and breathability. This running-inspired shoe contains the famous Gel midsole which absorbs vibrations and shock for a smoother ride. Adding to its appeal is the classic retro look that is all clean and fresh.

The Asics Gel Lyte was the model that started it all for the Gel Lyte series. It debuted in 1987 with the tagline, “Speed freaks, we’ve got your number…It’s 9.9” referring to the shoe’s weight, which was a feather-light 9.9 ounces only. This model featured the Alpha Gel technology under its heel, a color-blocked upper, reflective panel, and nylon mesh insert. It also contained carefully thought-out tech details such as the tri-density midsole for smooth energy transfer and the anti-torque stability system.

The shoe was a huge success. It helped runners go faster, and they simply couldn’t get enough. The brand followed it up two years after with the Gel Lyte II, and the famous Gel Lyte III came in 1990. From then on, it’s been reissues, collabs, and new releases one after another.

The Asics Gel Lyte Runner combines the best of the 90s runner design with subtle accents and tech detailing for a sleeker and more streamlined look. It has perf details around the collar with mesh material around the vamp and a tonal shade.

  • The Asics Gel Lyte Runner has been the subject of a collaboration with German retailer Solebox. The Solebox x Asics Gel Lyte Runner collab is a part of the Blue Carpenter Bee collection and was released on July 16, 2016. 


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