Verdict from 63 user reviews

8 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.
  • Shoe traction is impeccable while grip stays tight even on a slippery surface.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some commented that the Asics Gel Lyte V NS fits narrow especially on the toe box.
  • 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 reasonably, 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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Good to know

The Asics Gel Lyte V NS has a snug-fitting construction 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. 

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 the 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.

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 makes this shoe even lighter than the original Gel Lyte V.

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 the 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.

  • 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.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.