Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Asics Gel Lyte V GTX History
Japanese brand Asics started as Onitsuka Co., Ltd by its founder Kihachiro Onitsuka in Kobe, Japan on September 1, 1949. The company first produced running and basketball shoes but soon delivered shoes for other sports.
Asics is an acronym for the Latin phrase “anima sana in corpore sano” which translates to " If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a healthy body." This guiding principle would, later on, be the name of the brand. Asics is hardly recognizable outside of Japan and some major American and European cities as it does not even have significant sports stars and celebrities as endorsers.
But what it lacks in star power is well compensated by the high quality of the footwear this Japanese manufacturer produces. Aside from its cult following and immense popularity among hardcore athletes and sports enthusiasts, Asics running shoes are among the top rated performance footwear in the world.
On July 21, 1977, Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK to form general sports equipment manufacturer Asics Corporation. In spite of the name change, an excellent range of Asics shoes is still produced and sold internationally under the Onitsuka Tiger label.
The most significant contribution of the brand Asics to the footwear industry is the production of the Gel running shoes that continues to be a sneaker fan favorite. The Gel cushioning system first appeared in the mid-1980s that Asics developed placed the company on the pedestal as a significant player in shoe manufacturing.
Before the creation of the Gel series, early stages of the shoes’ production began in the Asics laboratories started by founder Kihachiro Onitsuka in 1979. The lab experimented with many types of cushioning materials from sponges and foams including an Air Flex canal inserts in the midsole for energy return.
The Gel Cushioning system, a soft Silicon material injected at the shoe forefoot and heel, absorbs landing strikes, reduces fatigue, and reduce impact injuries. Early developers of the what they call the Alpha Gel cushioning at Taica claim they are better than an air cushioning system. The gel is made up of a silicone based substance that is injected into the EVA midsole for shock absorption and dispersing vibration.
Soon on that same year, Asics released the Gel-Lyte running shoes featuring an anti-torque stability system or ATSS for greater motion control for heel contact including midfoot stance and forefoot positioning. Other variations of the Gel Lyte soon followed from the Gel Lyte I, the Gel Lyte II and the popular Gel Lyte III. Skipping a Roman numeral, the Gel Lyte V first appeared in 1993. Both the Gel Lyte III and V enjoyed retro comebacks and had the most collaborations with designers and retailers to date.
"Run at the speed of Lyte” was what the company used to capture the message of the original Gel-Lyte that has set the standard higher. The Asics Gel Lyte shoe, weighing less than a pound, was very light. It was built to speed up the runner that until today, the kicks continue to be a top seller among running shoe fans.
Asics Gel Lyte V GTX Style
Retro sneakers need not have outdated styling and performance. The style and performance of the classic sneaker have been reflected in this modern reiteration of the Asics Gel Lyte V with its Gore-Tex material and multicolored laces and detailing. The current colors give the classic looking Asics Gel Lyte V GTX a second look from the new generation of sneaker fans with its paint splattered midsole to its mesh and suede materials and Gore-Tex material for a waterproof finish. The fresh and street-ready vibe it exudes comes in two-tone colored round laces with a Kingfisher/ Black and Black/Red colorway treatment.
Fit & Sizing
Armed with a snug fit coming from the sock-like neoprene lining, the Asics Gel Lyte V GTX runs true to size. It comes in unisex sizes from US size 4 to 12.5 for men with women’s sizes obtained by deducting 1.5 to men’s size range.
The Gel cushioning system of Asics has been consistent in this design, with gel pods for that familiar cushioning and comfort of the classic Gel Lyte V in 1993. But the most notable of the 2017 reiteration of the classic is the use of Gore-Tex, a waterproof and breathable fabric that could repel water yet remain breathable. This makes the Asics Gel Lyte V GTX an all-weather shoe with an impeccable performance and durability that can withstand any rainy day and even the harshest winter.
- A few months after the release of the new version of the Asics Gel Lyte V GTX, came out such as the seamless No-Sew version.
- Aside from the well-cushioned one-piece sockliner, the sneaker features a padded collar and tongue for added support and cushioning.