Facts

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Low Top

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

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.

High Top

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.

Good to know

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.

Inspired from

Sports

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.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

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.

Collection

Good to know

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.

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$120
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

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.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

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.

Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Several customers appreciate the seamless look and modern aesthetic of the Asics Gel Lyte V NS.
  • A good number of users noted how well cushioned the sneakers are as they retain the Gel cushioning pods from the original Gel Lyte V.
  • Several buyers noted how lightweight the shoe becomes because of the No Sew design that eliminates stitching and the introduction of fused layers in the upper.
  • The balanced mix of synthetic and mesh material keeps the feet fresh and breathing inside the shoe.
  • A few commented that the shoe is quick to wipe clean as dirt and mud are easily wiped off in the fused overlays.
  • The one-piece neoprene sock liner and collar including the padded tongue results in a secure fit while maintaining the comfy cushioning of the Asics Gel Lyte V NS.
  • Fused overlays give the NS design a modern look compared to the original Gel Lyte V that is further elevated by the available colorways.
  • A couple of commenters shared how pleased they are with the shoe silhouette and the available colorways that are easy to pair with various clothes.
  • Shoe traction is impeccable while grip stays tight even on a slippery surface.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some commented that the Asics Gel Lyte V NS fits narrow especially on the toe box.
  • A few commenters claimed the neoprene sockliner causes irritation and rubs uncomfortably on the upper foot when the shoe is tight.
  • A small number of customers pointed out that some parts get worn out and chipped when upper’s fabric comes into contact or rubs rough surfaces.

Bottom line

The favorite Asics Gel Lyte V silhouette gets a no-sew build resulting in an extra lightweight shoe. Priced only at $120 per pair, the Asics Gel Lyte V NS retains the Gel cushioning system for a fresh take on the retro sneakers. With gel pods enclosed in the EVA midsole, the shoe gives immediate comfort and shock absorption. The retro-inspired kicks are easy to clean and stay fresh longer with its no-sew design. It also has enough ventilation from the mesh material fused into the upper.


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Asics Gel Lyte V NS History

Founded by businessman Kihachiro Onitsuka on September 1, 1949, Asics first produced basketball and running shoes but soon came out with designs for other sports. The Kobe-based footwear manufacturer was initially hardly recognizable outside Japan and some major American and European cities.

The name of the company Asics is derived from the Latin phrase that serves as a guiding principle of the brand since inception. Asics is an acronym for phrase “anima sana in corpore sano which means " If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a healthy body."

For several decades Onitsuka produced high-quality shoes that at one point it had partnered with Nike founders for its resale in the United States.

The brand had a cult following and immense popularity among dedicated athletes with the company’s running shoes gaining notoriety as among the top rated performance footwear worldwide.The sportswear brand was finally called Asics Corporation when Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK on July 21, 1977.

The creation and release of the first Gel running shoes in 1983, a sneaker fan favorite, is probably the Japanese brand’s most significant contribution to the footwear industry. The Gel cushioning system is a soft Silicon material injected at the shoe forefoot and heel. The gel material in the midsole helps absorb landing strikes, reduce fatigue, and lessen impact injuries.

Earlier, the cushioning technology was called the Alpha Gel cushioning produced by Japanese manufacturer Taica which designers claim to be better than the more famous 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.

Asics released the Gel-Lyte running shoes in 1983 featuring an anti-torque stability system for greater motion control for heel contact including midfoot stance and forefoot positioning. Other variations of the Gel Lyte soon followed that includes 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 collaboration with designers and retailers to date.

Since its release in the mid-1990s, the Asics Gel Lyte V had several iterations and collaborations with shoe retailers and sneaker designers. In 2017, the company released the No-Sew retro sneaker called the Asics Gel Lyte V NS with a promising lightweight design intended for long walks and casual wear.

Asics Gel Lyte V NS Style

Slick with its no-sew build, the Asics Gel Lyte V NS is a good sneaker option for those who want modern touches to retro-inspired kicks. The lightweight shoes are perfect for long city walks or commute as it leaves the feet not feeling tired with the fused synthetic and mesh upper with a few breathable spots neatly placed to keep the bases cool.

The colorways of this retro sneaker reiteration are also enough for a right mix and match of clothes. Among the colorways include Aquarium, Carbon/Back, Flash Coral, Pea Coat, Safety Yellow, White, and White/Black. The overall design also blends well with shorts or pants. The looks mostly appeal to men but being a unisex shoe; the colors also work well with women’s clothing.

Fit & Sizing

The Asics Gel Lyte V NS has a snug fitting that runs true to size. A secure lockdown is also made possible by a one-piece neoprene entry with an attached tongue and collar for stress-free on and off the shoe. Shoe size range from US size 6 to 14 with women’s sizes obtained by deducting 1.5 to men’s size range.

Notable Features

More than 30 years since the discovery of the Gel cushioning system, the technology continues to amaze us with comfortable cushioning. The Asics Gel Lyte V NS maintains the quality of cushioning with its signature Gel pods embedded in the midsole for shock absorption, stability, and overall comfort. Also notable in this modern take on the Gel Lyte V is the No-Sew build. Removing the stitching with fused overlays of the synthetic and mesh materials make this shoe even lighter than the original Gel Lyte V.

Additional Info

  • The Asics Gel Lyte V NS sneaker features a padded collar and tongue for added support and cushioning.
  • The thick rubber outsole of the retro running shoe has flex grooves for smooth movement and flexibility.