Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers describe their experience while wearing the Asics Gel Lyte Speed as “comfortable.”
  • A handful of reviewers love the lightness of this shoe.
  • Some runners appreciate the good retro design of this model.
  • It is very durable, most long-term users have shared.
  • Most of the testers agree that they will recommend this pair to their peers.
  • Several users applaud the reasonable price point of the Gel Lyte Speed. 

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers complain about the narrow width of Asics Gel Lyte Speed.
  • It easily gets dirty, most critics have shared.
  • One user expresses dismay about the shape of the split tongue.

Bottom line

The Gel Lyte Speed from the Asics brand displays a retro silhouette made with nubuck and premium leather upper, complemented with the striking split-tongue, Gel cushioning in the midsole, neoprene sockliner, and superior traction rubber outsole.

This pair has been considered an all-day shoe for the optimum comfort it gives to its wearers. Considering all the pros this shoe provides and being offered at a bargain price, this pair is worth every penny.

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Lyte Speed is a well-cushioned pair with a lace-up front for a good snug fit perfect for running and all-day walking. It is being offered in men's and women’s sizes.

The Gel Lyte Speed has successfully crossed the gap that differentiates athletics and fashion. The retro vibe this shoe delivers makes this a perfect pair for sneaker fans who are fascinated with throwback feels. The classic silhouette is frequently used in a casual manner matched up with joggers or shorts with graphic tees and sunnies.

The presence of the padded split tongue made the Asics Gel Lyte Speed noticeable to most enthusiasts.  This split tongue was used to replace the normal tongue that slips to one side as you walk or run. This split tongue is well-cushioned for a better foot hug and comfortable fit thus avoids that slip.

Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began creating footwear in 1949. He formed his company in 1977 and named it ASICS with the goal of creating a healthy and happy lifestyle with total health and fitness promotion. Nowadays, ASICS still provides active sports apparel and accessories which is dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.

The Gel Lyte was released in 1987 displaying color blocking and reflective forefoot. The Gel Lyte used a 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 the 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.

  • The upper is made of nubuck and premium leather with attention-grabbing colorways.
  • This brand is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
  • With textile lining and removable footbed for all-day comfort.
  • EVA midsole for top-quality cushioning.
  • The outer heel is adorned with the Gel Lyte Speed logo.


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