Asics Gel Lyte Speed History
Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began creating footwear in 1949. He formed his company in 1977 and named it ASICS with a goal of creating a healthy and happy lifestyle with total health and fitness promotion. Nowadays, ASICS still provides active sport apparel and accessories which is dedicated in bringing harmony to body and soul.
The Gel Lyte was released in 1987 displaying color blocking and reflective forefoot. The Gel Lyte used single gel unit on heels, Nyla-sheen fabric and Duraskin resulted to lightweight shoes and a smooth energy transfer from heel to toe.
An upgraded version, the Gel Lyte II was released in 1989. It has Polyspac II fabric on toebox and PVC heel to withstand various road themes. It has a collar with a dual tone which made it visually different from the previous version.
In 1990, the most recognized in the Gel Lyte series was released. The Gel Lyte III has split tongue and tri-density compression molded EVA in the midsole for added protection during impact. It also exhibited superb motion control by the presence of median and lateral midfoot vertical extension.
Gel Lyte III became famous for its casual streetwear look. This bridged the gap between athletics and fashion. The Gel Lyte III was tagged as the most comfortable in the Gel Lyte series and labeled as an icon.
In 1991, the Gel Lyte Speed was released and became the last series in the split tongue designs. It carries same distinguishing features of its ancestor, but with improved materials, like the premium nubuck leather with all over splatter of color, with unique mesh and nylon overlays.