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.
Retro sneakers need not have outdated styling and performance.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.
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.
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.
- 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.